THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
Nextel Cup Race #33 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, October 31, 2004 in Hampton, GA
- TV: NBC 12:30pm/et
- Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: NBC - 10:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, November 3 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
Thursday, November 4 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
Friday, November 5 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: Bill Weber and guests
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,781,269 (was $5,051,229 in 2003)
- Practice: Friday, October 29, 3:20 - 5:20pm/et; Saturday, October 30, 9:30 - 10:15am/et;
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, October 30, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed Channel LIVE.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, October 29, 2:20pm/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, October 29 at 7:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 9:00pm/et and 12:00am/et AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles
Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees; Straights: Frontstretch - 1471 feet; Backstretch - 1380 feet.
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Grandstand Seating: 124,000
- Track Homepage: www.atlantamotorspeedway.com
- Last Year: see my 2003 Atlanta - Race 2 Info Page.
- April's Race: see my 2004 Atlanta Race Info page
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Codes: Left - D-6814; Right - D-6816
Circumference: Left - 87.4 in.; Right - 88.6 in.
Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Number of Tires Required:
Nextel Cup: Left - 1,500, Right - 1,500
Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front - 30 psi
Left Rear - 30 psi
Right Front - 50 psi
Right Rear - 47 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 24 psi
Left Rear - 24 psi
Right Front - 47 psi
Right Rear - 44 psi
Notes: This is the second consecutive race this specific combination of Goodyear Eagles will be run at Atlanta . . . Atlanta is the only track where teams are scheduled to compete on these tire codes in major NASCAR competition in 2004 . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will compete on the same tires this weekend . . . as on all ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta . . . inner liner inflation should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Goodyear Quote: Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "Atlanta is unique in that its surface is very abrasive compared to NASCAR's other one-and-a-half-mile, high speed tri-ovals. The Atlanta tire set-up has the same construction as those other, similar ovals, but because of the nature of the track surface, we utilize tougher tread compounds that are unique to Atlanta. Both the left- and right-side constructions are the same as those we have used for the entire 2004 season at Dover, Fontana, Charlotte, Chicago, Kansas City, Kentucky, Michigan and Texas. We will also use this construction set-up at the season finale at Homestead."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Atlanta Motor Speedway for leading the points and winning the race. 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.
2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
Matt Kenseth, March 2004, Las Vegas, $30,000)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
Jimmie Johnson, August 2004, Pocono, $90,000
Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
Dale Earnhardt Jr., October 2004, Talladega, $90,000
- MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Atlanta: $25,000
Winners for 2004 so far:
Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Pocono: Kasey Kahne, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Michigan: Dale Jarrett, $10,000
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $75,000*
Daytona: Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
Chicago: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
New Hampshire: Ryan Newman, $10,000
Pocono: Casey Mears, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon, $25,000*
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
Michigan: Greg Biffle, $15,000*
Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $15,000*
California: Elliott Sadler, $15,000*
Richmond: Jeremy Mayfield, $15,000*
New Hampshire: Kurt Busch, $15,000*
Dover: Ryan Newman, $15,000*
Talladega: Casey Mears, $10,000
Kansas: Ryan Newman, $10,000
Charlotte: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
Martinsville: Kurt Busch, $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
(* won race and bonus)
NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
#48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
Tony Stewart 12
Jeff Gordon 11
Matt Kenseth 7
WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO
IN-CAR AUDIO SITES
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Johnson wins at Atlanta: in an emotional race, #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, winning and dedicating the win to the 10 people lost in the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash a week ago. With #97-Busch losing an engine early, Johnson was one of the few in the Chase for the Nextel Cup to make up any points on Busch. #6-Martin, who led the most lap and was the dominate carall day, ended up 6th, with #99-Carl Edwards, #01-Joe Nemechek and #9-Kahne rounding out the top five. It is the 7th win of the season for Johnson, his 3rd in a rwo and 13th of his career. The last time a driver won three straight races, was Jeff Gordon, who won the last two race of 1998 [Rockingham and Atlanta] and the 1999 Daytona 500. It was a bad bad for the Busch's with Kurt losing an engine and finishing 42nd, his brother Kyle went out first with a blown engine, finishing 43rd.
See results at:
- Top Ten [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Atlanta:
In the Chase......
#97 Kurt Busch 6052
#48 Jimmie Johnson -59
#24 Jeff Gordon -72
#6 Mark Martin -81
#8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -98
#20 Tony Stewart -145
#12 Ryan Newman -186
#38 Elliott Sadler -237
#17 Matt Kenseth -257
#19 Jeremy Mayfield -316
the race for 11th
11th: #42-Jamie McMurray, 4195
12th: #88-Dale Jarrett, -221
See standings at:
- Atlanta Race Notes:
---- Jimmie Johnson won the 2004 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, scoring his
13th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 108th career start. His
last victory came one race ago at Martinsville.
---- This is
Johnson's third straight victory in as many races. Jeff Gordon was
the last driver to win three straight races winning the final two
races of 1998 and the first race in 1999. Gordon was also the last
driver to win three straight in the same season, winning four
consecutive races (Pocono, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen and Michigan) in
---- It was Johnson's seventh victory in 2004 and his first
victory in seven races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his fourth
top-10 finish at the Georgia superspeedway.
---- Twelve of his 13 of
his victories have occurred on superspeedways.
---- Johnson has
climbed from ninth to second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings
in the last three races.
---- Johnson led four times for 17 laps
including the final 10 of the 325 laps raced. Mark Martin led 227
laps, leading the most laps for the second time in 2004.
was the 20th victory for Chevrolet in 2004. Ford has nine and Dodge
has four. Notebook Items The Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
---- With three races remaining in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup,
316 points separate first to 10th. The largest point margin is between
first-place Kurt Busch and second-place Jimmie Johnson, who are
separated by 59 points, and Matt Kenseth (ninth) and 10th-place Jeremy
Mayfield, also separated by 59. ---- Seven drivers in the top-10 in
points changed positions at Atlanta Motor Speedway. ---- Six of the
seven Chase races have been won by drivers competing in The Chase: New
Hampshire (Kurt Busch), Dover (Ryan Newman), Talladega (Dale Earnhardt
Jr.), Charlotte (Jimmie Johnson), Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson) and
Atlanta (Jimmie Johnson). Kansas (Joe Nemechek) is the only race that
was won by a non-Chase driver. ---- Kurt Busch is the only driver to
score a top-10 finish in six of the seven races in the Chase.
---- With three races remaining, six drivers are now within the 156-point
window that could allow a change in the leader at Phoenix. Seventh
through 10th all trail by more than 156 points and cannot overtake
Kurt Busch at Phoenix No one has been mathematically eliminated from
the championship. ---- Jimmie Johnson gained 148 points on leader
Kurt Busch, the biggest points gain in the standings among the top-10
at Atlanta. Johnson climbed from fourth to second in the standings and
is now 59 points behind. ---- Six of the Chase drivers finished 26th
or worse and only three posted top-10 finishes today.
---- Mark Martin (second)
scored his 14th top-10 finish of the season. It was his 18th top-10
finish in 38 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
---- Carl Edwards
(third) scored his fourth top-10 finish and the first top-five finish
of his 10-race career. Edwards also led for the first time in his
---- Joe Nemechek (fourth) scored his eighth top-10 finish in
2004, including five of the last seven races. It was his sixth top-10
finish in 22 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
---- Kasey Kahne
(fifth) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2004. It was his second
top-five finish in two races at Atlanta.
---- Matt Kenseth (41st) has
ranked among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 68 straight races. Kenseth
moved into sole possession of 10th on NASCAR's Top 10 list for
consecutive races in the top-10 in the modern era (since 1972).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-31-2004)
- Where do the 'Chasers' start/finish at Atlanta?
#8-Earnhardt Jr., 6th/33rd
- The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
after 325 of 325 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot
#48-Johnson (8)(17 laps led)
#6-Martin (7)(227 laps led)
#99-Edwards (4)(15 laps led)
#01-Nemechek (2)(3 laps led)
#9-Kahne (32)(4 laps led)
#20-Stewart (15) -1 lap
- Cars on the lead lap: 8 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (8):
#84-Busch (timing belt-out);
#1-Truex Jr. (engine-out);
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (accident-out);
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (7 with 16 lead changes):
#6-Martin (227 led halfway + most);
- Lap leaders: #12-Newman pole; #01-Nemechek 1; #12-Newman 2-49; #99-Edwards 50-53; #12-Newman 54-63; #99-Edwards 64-74; #6-Martin 75-115: #48-Johnson 116-119; #6-Martin 120-178; #15-Waltrip 179; #6-Martin 180-236; #48-Johnson 237; #01-Nemechek 238-239; #6-Martin 240-309; #48-Johnson 310-311; #9-Kahne 312-315; #48-Johnson 316-325.
Cautions: 6 for 33 laps
these are approx. caution laps....
Caution 6 - Laps 312 - 315: #8-Earnhardt Jr. slid up in front of #99-Edwards, who tapped the #8, sending the #8 into a spin and into the backstretch inside retaining wall.
Caution 5 - Laps 301 - 305: #29-Harvick stopped on the track with a rear-end problem.
Caution 4 - Laps 287 - 293: #1-Truex Jr. lost an engine, spun and stopped on the apron.
Caution 3 - Laps 178 - 181: #17-Kenseth slowed on the track, lost an engine, to the garage.
Caution 2 - Laps 138 - 142: #18-Labonte got loose in turn 2 and spun.
Caution 1 - Laps 54 - 61: #97-Kurt Busch said he lost a cylinder, then smoked and lost the engine, will finish 42nd.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 6: #25-Vickers, 7th
Caution 5: #16-Biffle(2), 10th
Caution 4: #30-Burton, 6th
Caution 3: #16-Biffle, 10th
Caution 2: #41-Mears, 13th
Caution 1: #18-Labonte, 20th
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- on the 5th caution all 8 lead lap cars made pit stops BUT #6-Martin who was leading at the time.
---- after the 4th caution, on the restart, #9-Kahne fell all the way back to 6th, may had gotten loose.
---- green flag stops occurred in the 237-242 range. #5-Labonte was penalized a lap for pitting outside the pit box.
---- #24-Gordon is back on the track on lap 203 after the crew made repairs, he is 25 laps down.
---- #24-Gordon went to the garage with a broken rear end gear during the 3rd caution.
---- #38-Sadler is back on the track after the team made repairs to the car, 52 laps sown.
---- #24-Gordon is reporting he has a broken shock on lap 152, the team will look at it during the next pit stop.
---- during the 2nd caution, #18-Labonte [pitted too soon] and #19-Mayfield [tire rolled out of pit stall] were penalized [longest line]
---- all the cars came into pit during the 2nd caution
---- when the #38-Sadler made his green flag stop, he and #01-Nemechek made contact, then the #38 won't move, either the transmission is locked up or some steering problem.
---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. made the first green flag stops around lap 113. The rest of the leaders followed a few laps later.
---- on lap 108, #24-Gordon went a lap down.
---- on lap 63, #12-Newman, while leading made an unscheduled pit stop with a bad vibration, the team changed tires and Newman reported the vibration was gone.
---- during the 1st caution #14-Andretti [speeding on pitroad] and #23-Hmiel [running over airhose]
---- all the cars on the lead lap came in to pit during the 1st caution. #12-Newman won the race off pitroad.
---- on lap 25, #16-Biffle came in for an unscheduled pit stop as the handling was so bad, Biffle said he couldn't drive it.
---- on lap 15, #19-Mayfield lost a tire, almost hit the wall, but didn't, made a pit stop to get the tire replaced and lost a lap.
---- to the back: #21-Rudd [engine change], #30-Burton [engine change]
- Where did the top 10 starters finish at Atlanta?
#8-Earnhardt Jr., 33rd DNF
#29-Harvick, 35th DNF
- TO THE BACK : #21-Ricky Rudd and #30-Jeff Burton's teams made engine changes.
So both will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday.(10-31-2004)
- Happy Hour Practice for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over.
#32-Hamilton Jr. 185.251
#6-Martin 185.102 - stopped for the day, very happy with the car
slowest: #45-Petty 176.078 and #51-Raines 176.825
most laps run: #9-Kahne, 52; #18-Labonte and #99-Edwards, 48
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
- First Saturday Practice for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over
#12-Newman 187.304, starts 1st
#9-Kahne 186.585, 32nd
#97-Busch 186.215, 22nd
#29-Harvick 185.226, 9th
#38-Sadler 185.164, 3rd
slowest: #37-Lepage 176.297 and #11-Yeley 178.516
most laps run: #41-Mears, 41; #06-Kvapil and #8-Earnhardt Jr., 40
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#9-Kahne 180.163 in 21 laps
#6-Martin 179.969 in 20 laps
#97-Busch 179741 in 30 laps
See speeds at:
- Newman wins the pole at Atlanta: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his 3rd pole in a row, 8th of the season and 26th of his career. The rest of the top-five are #01-Joe Nemechek, #38-Elliott Sadler, #99-Carl Edwards and #16-Greg Biffle. With so many part-time teams making atempts, the provisionals go to five drivers all in the top 26 in owners points: #17-Kenseth, #15-Waltrip, #40-Marlin, #5-Labonte and #21-Rudd. #98-Bill Elliott just made the field and will start 38th. Missing the race were 15 drivers, including #22-Scott Wimmer [but his part-time teammate, #23-Shane Hmiel made the race, think the CAT decals will end up on the #23?] and #10-Scott Riggs [may wanna scrap that Owners schemes with a DNF at LMS and a DNQ at Atlanta]. Mike Wallace missed the race in his first run in the #4 Morgan McClure Motorsports Chevy. #00-Kenny Wallace never made his attempt as he went out to make his lap and lost power and didn't make it back on the track under the 5 minute window the team had to fix it. #33-Kerry Earnhardt also failed to make the race. Some part-timers who made the race #14-John Andretti [17th], #37-Kevin Lepage [23rd], #50-Todd Bodine [24th - the Truck wins really have this team humming], #06-Travis Kvapil [26th], #84-Kyle Busch [28th], #51-Tony Raines [30th], #23-Shane Hmiel [31st], #1-Martin Truex Jr. [33rd], #11-J.J. Yeley [36th] and #98-Bill Elliott [38th].
see lineups at:
Jayski's Atlanta Grid/Qualifying page
- Atlanta Qualifying Notes: Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, lapping Atlanta Motor Speedway in 28.939 seconds at 191.575 mph. Geoffrey Bodine holds the track-qualifying record of 28.074 seconds, 197.478 mph, set Nov. 15, 1997 in the first qualifying session on the 1.54-mile configuration.
* This is
Newman's 26th career Bud Pole in 113 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His
most recent Bud Pole came at Martinsville, one race ago. Newman moved
into a tie with Bobby Labonte for 24th on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
all-time Bud Pole winner list.
* It is Newman's eighth Bud Pole
and 23rd top-10 start in 2004, both more than any other driver. â€¢
It is Newman's fourth consecutive Bud Pole and his fifth front row
start in six races at Atlanta. He started second in his first attempt
at Atlanta in March 2002 and sixth in the fall that year. Prior to
Newman, the most recent driver to post four consecutive Bud Poles at
any track was Mark Martin at Bristol (1995-1996).
* There have
been 11 different Bud Pole winners in 2004. Ryan Newman (eight), Jeff
Gordon (six), Kasey Kahne (four), Casey Mears (two), Brian Vickers
(two), Jeremy Mayfield (two) and Joe Nemechek (two) are the drivers
with more than one Bud Pole this season.
* This is the third
quickest Bud Pole speed of the season. Only Bobby Labonte (Texas,
193.903 mph) and Newman (first Atlanta, 193.375 mph) have posted
faster Bud Pole speeds in 2004.
* Joe Nemechek had the
second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 28.978 seconds at 191.318
mph and will join Newman on the front row. It is his 16th top-10
start in 2004, including four of the past five races. It is his eighth
top-10 start in his 22 races at Atlanta.
* This is the 16th Bud
Pole for Dodge in 2004. Chevrolet has 12 Bud Poles and Ford has two.
Qualifying was canceled at Watkins Glen, second Michigan and second
* Elliott Sadler (third) posted his 17th top-10
start in 2004 and his fourth in 12 races at Atlanta, all in the past
* Carl Edwards (fourth) posted the first top-10
qualifying effort of his 10-race NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career. His
previous best start was 13th at Richmond in September. Edwards has
posted three top-10 finishes in his nine races.
* Greg Biffle
(fifth) posted his 16th top-10 start in 2004 and his first in four
races at Atlanta.
* Martin Truex Jr. (33rd) qualified for his
first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.
* Six of the 10 drivers
involved in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualified in the
top-10: Newman (first), Sadler (third), Dale Earnhardt Jr., (sixth),
Mark Martin (seventh), Jimmie Johnson (eighth) and Jeff Gordon (10th).
* Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Terry Labonte
and Ricky Rudd used provisionals to complete the 43-car field. Rudd
came within one position of having his all-time streak of consecutive
starts ended by a DNQ. Fifteen drivers failed to qualify for the Bass
Pro Shops MBNA 500: Scott Riggs, Scott Wimmer, Kerry Earnhardt, Johnny
Sauter, Hermie Sadler, Hermie Sadler, Mike Wallace, Derrike Cope,
Randy Lajoie, Greg Sacks, Larry Foyt, Kirk Shelmerdine, Morgan
Shepherd, Andy Belmont, Larry Hollenbeck and Kenny Wallace.
58 drivers that attempted to qualify for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
was the most since 59 drivers made qualifying attempts for the 1999
Daytona 500.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-29-2004)
- StockCarFans.com (Nextel Cup) Newsletter - Ramblings - Atlanta: Another Friday, another Pole.....things are really hum-drum in the world of Ryan Newman. Newman took his 3rd Bud Pole in a row (and 26th of his career) tonight at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500....and it was his 4th consecutive at AMS to boot! This is the 8th top-spot of
the season for the Rocket, and he'll be joined on the front row by Joe Nemechek. Gonna be a hard weekend to get through....but racers do what they hafta do. You don't forget, but you pick up the pieces and you go on.....
Elliott Sadler (3rd) has his best starting spot since he was 3rd at The Brickyard in August.
Carl Edwards (4th) has his career-best starting spot for Sunday's race. His previous best was 13th at Richmond in September.
Greg Biffle (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Chicagoland in July.
Mark Martin (7th) has his best starting spot since he qualified on the outside pole at Richmond in September.
Robby Gordon (14th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Michigan in June.
John Andretti (17th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 11th when we were here last October. (only 10 races)
Kyle Petty (18th) has his best starting spot since he started 10th at Richmond in September of 2003!
Kevin Lepage (23rd) has his best starting spot since he lined up 22nd at Lowe's in May. (only 9 races)
Welcome (well, sort of) to Martin Truex, Jr (33rd). This will be his first Nextel Cup start, but he did fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr at NHIS
earlier in the year.
STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 7 Top-10 starts in the last 8 races.
Joe Nemechek has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
Dale Earnhardt Jr has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.(StockCarFans.Com)(10-29-2004)
- Friday Practice for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, the fastest::
slowest: #89-Shepherd 171.800 [no provisionals left] #62-Hollenback 171.950
most laps run: #99-Edwards, 33; #22-Wimmer, #59-Foyt, #88-Jarrett, #42-McMurray, 22
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#6-Martin 189.234, 4 laps
#14-Andretti 188.586, 7 laps
#38-Sadler 188.050, 7 laps
See speeds at NASCAR.com.(10-29-2004)
- Qualifying Order links are up. 58 [wow!] cars are listed for 43 spots. First driver due out is #77-Brandan Gaughan. Last due out is #59-Larry Foyt.(10-29-2004)
- Qualfying Order Links at:
Qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- Rookie News and Notes
- Entry List for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is up, 59 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
#1-Martin Truex Jr.
Five more added, up to 60:
#80-TBA - Hover Motorsports
#92-Derrike Cope has been removed, so down top 59
#98-Randy LaJoie in for Gunselman (10-27-2004)
#94-Cope in for Barrett
#00-Long removed from list
#4-Mike Wallace in for Spencer
#80-TBA = Andy Belmont
#91-Elliott is now #98
#98-LaJoie is now #96
So down to 58 for 42 spots.(10-29-2004)
- Entry List Links:
Jayski's Atlanta Entry List, 58 cars entered
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links
- 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).
- Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Who's Hot Heading to Atlanta Motor Speedway
* Jimmie Johnson has scored victories in the last two races (Charlotte and Martinsville).
* Jamie McMurray has scored nine top-10 finishes in the last 10 races.
* Kurt Busch has scored 12 consecutive top-15 finishes, including six straight top-10 finishes.
* Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Tony Stewart have each scored six top-10 finishes in the last six races at Atlanta, the longest current top-10
streaks among active drivers there.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-26-2004)
- $$ Fact: Only three driver who have made all the Cup races in 2004 have won more then $100,000 in each race:
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)..and none can fall out of the top 10 now that they are in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.(10-25-2004)
- 2003 Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 127.679mph, started 19th
- Race Record: Bobby Labonte, Nov 16, 1997, 159.904mph
- March 2004 Race Winner: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 158.679, started 7th
- Track/Event Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, 11/16/97, 197.479mph
- October 2003 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 194.295, finished 29th
- March 2004 Pole Sitter: #12-Ryan Newman, 193.575, finished 5th
- Most Wins - Active Driver: Bobby Labonte, 6
- Most Wins - All Time: Dale Earnhardt, 9
- Most Poles - Active Driver: Bill Elliott, 5
- Most Poles - All Time: Buddy Baker, 7
- Most Top 5s: 26 - Dale Earnhardt
- Most Top 10s: 33 - Richard Petty [65 starts]
- Slowest Race Record: Fred Lorenzen, 1962, 101.983mph
- Oldest Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 51 years, 4 months, 27 days, 3/20/93
- Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 7 months, 8 days, 3/12/95
- Most Cautions: 11 - 11/1993
- Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/9/1961BR>
- Most Caution Laps: 99, 11/6/1977
- Fewest Caution Laps: 7, 11/2/1986
- Most Running at the Finish: 39 - Oct 2002
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - April 1964
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2001, started 39th
- Most Lead Changes: 45 - Nov 1982
- Fewest Lead Changes: 6 - 3 times, most recently June 1963
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 31 - Chevrolet
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - David Pearson 9/17/1961
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 308 - Cale Yarborough, 3/30/1969
- Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 90] 14.4%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 9
- Races won from starting pos 3: 8
- Races won from starting pos 4: 8
- Races won from starting pos 5: 13
- Races won from starting pos 6: 2
- Races won from starting pos 7: 5
- Races won from starting pos 8: 5
- Races won from starting pos 9: 6
- Races won from starting pos 10: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11,14,17,20,21: 2
- Races won from starting pos 12,13,15,18,19,22,31,35,37,39: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 51 of 90 - 56.7%
- Races won from the top 10: 70 of 90 - 77.8%
- First Career Starts at Atlanta: Rusty Wallace [3/80]; Jeff Gordon [11/92]; Scott Wimmer [11/2000]
- ATLANTA NEWS & NOTES:
Race #: 33 of 36 (10-31-04) Track Size: 1.54 Miles
Event: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Number of Laps: 325
Location: Atlanta, GA Length of Event: 500.5 Miles
Length of Front Stretch: 2,332 Ft Degree of Banking in Corners: 24°
Length of Back Stretch: 1,800 Ft. Degree of Banking on Straights: 5°
Qualifying/Race Data: All are on the 1.54-mile configuration (since fall 1997)
Last year’s pole winner: Ryan Newman 194.295 mph 10-25-03 28.534 seconds
Last year’s race winner: Jeff Gordon 127.769 mph 10-27-03 3 hrs, 55 min, 02 sec
Track qualifying record: Geoffrey Bodine 197.478 mph 11-15-97 28.074 seconds
Track race record: Bobby Labonte 159.904 mph 11-16-97 3 hr, 07 min, 48 sec
Previous winners at Atlanta:
Dale Earnhardt (9) Cale Yarborough (7) Bobby Labonte (6) Richard Petty (6) Bobby Allison (5)
Bill Elliott (5) David Pearson (4) Fred Lorenzen (4) Jeff Gordon (4) Darrell Waltrip (3)
Neil Bonnett (3) Morgan Shepherd (3) L. Yarborough (2) Marvin Panch (2) Buddy Baker (2)
Rusty Wallace (2) Mark Martin (2) Dave Marcis (1) A.J. Foyt (1) Junior Johnson (1)
Rex White (1) Jim Hurtubise (1) Fireball Roberts (1) Ned Jarrett (1) Dick Hutcherson (1)
Bobby Johns (1) Bob Burdick (1) Donnie Allison (1) Benny Parsons (1) Ricky Rudd (1)
Ken Schrader (1) Ernie Irvan (1) Dale Jarrett (1) Jerry Nadeau (1) Kevin Harvick (1)
Tony Stewart (1) Kurt Busch (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1)
Races won from the pole: 13 of 90 events (14%)
Races won from in top 10: 70 of 90 events (78%)
Races won from outside top 10: 20 of 90 events (22%) Modern Era Victories at this Track (by Car Make)
Chevy Ford Olds Pontiac Buick Dodge Mercury Plymouth Matadoor
29 16 1 7 4 4 4 0 0
• Fireball Roberts won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup pole at Atlanta in July
• Fireball Roberts won the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Atlanta, the
Dixie 300 on July 31, 1960.
• The track was re-configured in the fall of 1997 with the front- and
back-stretch designations swapped and the track size increased from 1.522 to 1.54
Geoffrey Bodine’s 197.478 mph qualifying lap at Atlanta in November 1997
(the first on the new configuration) remains the fastest qualifying lap on a
non-restrictor-plate track in the history of NASCAR.
Dodge has not posted a victory at Atlanta since Richard Petty won there
in the spring of 1977.
There have been 10 different Bud Pole winners in the 14 races at Atlanta
since the track size changed in the fall of 1997. Only Dale Jarrett (March
2000 and 2001) and Ryan Newman (both races in 2003 and spring 2004) have scored
multiple Bud poles on the new configuration. Qualifying was canceled due to
weather in October 2002.
How Important is Track Position
Fifty-one of 90 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup 500-lap races at Martinsville have been
won from the first five starting positions. However, only one of the last six
have been won from a top-five starting position.
Active Drivers Selected Firsts and Lasts
Wallace, Rusty 3-16-80
Gordon, Jeff 11-15-92
Wimmer, Scott 11-20-00
Gordon, Robby 3-7-97
Labonte, Terry 3-13-81
Harvick, Kevin 3-11-01
Gordon, Robby 3-7-97
Shepherd, Morgan 3-20-93
Last Victory by Manufacturer
in a Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2004 Golden Corral 500
in a Dodge Richard Petty 1977 Atlanta 500
in a Ford Kurt Busch 2002 NAPA 500
Car Owner Victories
Wood Brothers 12
Junior Johnson 9
Richard Childress 9
Joe Gibbs 7
Rick Hendrick 7
Petty Engineering 6
Bud Moore 4
Harry Melling 3
Jack Roush 3
Bondy Long 2
DiGard Racing 2
Rainer Racing 2
Robert Yates 2
Ray Fox 1
M.C. Anderson 1
Nord Krauskorf 1
Mario Rossi 1
Smokey Yunick 1
John Hines 1
Cotton Owens 1
Norm Nelson 1
Roy Burdick 1
Hoss Ellington 1
B. Rahilly/B. Mock 1
Johnny Hayes 1
Jack Beebe 1
Raymond Beadle 1
Rod Osterlund 1
Roger Penske 1
Teresa Earnhardt 1
Goodyear Tire Codes: Left-side — D-6814; Right-side — 6816
Other Tracks With This Same Tire Combination: None
Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage
Pace Car Speeds: Pit Road - 45 mph; Caution Car 60 mph
Would You Believe?
Atlanta has produced two of the four closest finishes since electronic
timing was introduced in May 1993. Both races have occurred on the new
configuration. Kevin Harvick beat Jeff Gordon by 0.006 second on March 11, 2001, in the
third closest finish. Dale Earnhardt crossed the line just 0.10 second ahead
of Bobby Labonte in the fourth closest race (tied with Rockingham-2004) on
March 12, 2000.
• The field will consist of 43 cars: the fastest 38 cars plus five
provisionals based upon 2003 owner points, the final race that the provisionals will
be based on last season’s owner points. The 43rd position is reserved for a
past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion, if needed. If unused by a past champion, it will
go to the next eligible car owner.
• The fastest of two laps of timed qualifying will determine the first 38
starting positions, with the provisionals added afterward as required.
• There have been 90 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway
since the first race was held there in 1960. There have been two races a year
except for 1961 which had a third event, the 250-mile Festival 250. Additionally,
one race was a 300-mile event, six were 400 miles and all the others were 500
• Ryan Newman is the defending Bud Pole winner for the Bass Pro Shop MBNA
• Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers, each with three
Bud Poles at Atlanta.
• Buddy Baker scored seven Bud Poles at Atlanta, the most of all drivers.
• Fireball Roberts (1960), Cale Yarborough (1978), Buddy Baker (1979), Alan
Kulwicki (1989) and Ryan Newman (2003) are the only drivers to win both poles
in the same year at Atlanta. Roberts also won two poles there in 1961 but one
was for a 250-mile race that was one of three races at Atlanta that year.
• Thirteen races at Atlanta have been won from the Bud Pole. Nine drivers
have won from the second-place starting position giving 24 percent of the
victories posted there.
• Bobby Labonte won the 2001 NAPA 500 from the 39th starting position – the
deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Atlanta.
• There have been five sweeps at Atlanta since the track opened in 1960:
Marvin Panch (1965), Bobby Allison (1972), David Pearson (1973) and Bill Elliott
(1985 and 1992).
• There have been five different winners in the last five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
races held at Atlanta.
• The Wood Brothers are the most productive car owners at Atlanta with 12
victories. The Wood Brothers last won there in the spring of 1993 with Morgan
Shepherd as their driver.
• Richard Childress and Junior Johnson each have nine victories at Atlanta
as car owners.
• Bobby Labonte has scored six of his 21 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories at
Atlanta. Those six victories occurred in the last 16 races there: two in the
spring and four in the fall.
Ryan Newman has started on the front row in all four of his qualifying
efforts at Atlanta (second – March 2002 and the last three Bud Poles). He
started sixth in October 2002, when qualifying was canceled. He has posted four
top-10 finishes in five Atlanta races, including consecutive finishes of 10th in
each of his first three.
Back-to-Back at Atlanta
Though there have been 11 back-to-back victories posted at Atlanta since 1960, there have been only five season sweeps:
• Marvin Panch Both races 1965
• Bobby Allison Both races 1972
• David Pearson Both races 1973
• Richard Petty Fall 1974 and Spring 1975
• Cale Yarborough Fall 1980 and Spring 1981
• Bill Elliott Both races 1985
• Dale Earnhardt Fall 1989 and Spring 1990
• Dale Earnhardt Fall 1995 and Spring 1996
• Bill Elliott Both races 1992
• Bobby Labonte Fall 1997 and Spring 1998
• Jeff Gordon Fall 1998 and Spring 1999
Selected Modern Era Performance at this Track
(Minimum of three starts)
Category All-time Active Last 10 Races
Starts Richard Petty - 65 Ricky Rudd – 53 16 Drivers - 10
Poles (Races) Buddy Baker – 7 (54) Rusty Wallace – 3 (44) Ryan Newman – 3 (5) Ryan Newman – 3 (5)
Wins (Races) Dale Earnhardt – 9 (46) Bobby Labonte – 6 (23) Bobby Labonte – 3 (10)
Top Fives Dale Earnhardt – 26 Bobby Labonte - 12 Bobby Labonte - 6
Top 10s Richard Petty – 33 Terry Labonte - 24 Jeff Gordon - 8
Laps Led Cale Yarborough – 3,316 Jeff Gordon - 975 Tony Stewart - 469
DNFs (Races) Dave Marcis – 23 (59) Kyle Petty – 15 (47) Michael Waltrip - 5 (10)
Average Start (Races) Ryan Newman – 2.20 (5) Ryan Newman – 2.20 (5) Ryan Newman – 2.20 (5)
Average Finish (Races) Dick Hutcherson - 3.60 (5) Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 10.20 (10) Dale Earnhardt – 4.00 (3)(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-26-2004)
- ATLANTA NUGGETS:
The Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
• With four races remaining in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup,
364 points separate first to 10th. The Chase started with a 45-point separation
between first and 10th at Race No. 27 (New Hampshire). The biggest point
margin is between ninth and 10th-place where Ryan Newman leads Jeremy Mayfield by
• Five of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup posted
top-10 finishes in the 2004 Subway 500.
• Five drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Martinsville
• All 10 drivers competing in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
scored at least one victory in the first 26 races of the 2004 season.
• Five of the six Chase races have been won by drivers competing in the
Chase: New Hampshire (Kurt Busch), Dover (Ryan Newman), Talladega (Dale Earnhardt
Jr.), Charlotte (Jimmie Johnson) and Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson). Only the
race at Kansas (Joe Nemechek) was won by a non-Chase driver.
• Kurt Busch is the only driver to score top-10 finishes in the first six
races in the Chase. Busch has finished sixth or better in all six races.
• Jeff Gordon (second) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) in the Chase for the
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup are both within 125 points of the point leader and could
possibly overtake Busch at Atlanta.
• Dale Earnhardt Jr., lost 101 points to leader Kurt Busch in the Chase for
the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the biggest drop in the Chase at Martinsville
Speedway. Earnhardt Jr., dropped from second to third in the standings and is now 125
points behind the point leader.
The Other Chase
Approximately $1 million will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in
the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings – an increase of more than
$400,000 from over one year ago. That includes a $250,000 bonus, which will be paid
to the 11th-place finisher. Additionally, the 11th-place driver will also join
the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Ceremony in
New York in December. Currently, Jamie McMurray holds the 11th-place position by
197 points over 12th-place Dale Jarrett. Jarrett cannot overtake McMurray at
Chase Success at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Seven of the 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup finished
in the top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (first),
Jeremy Mayfield (second), Jimmie Johnson (fourth), Ryan Newman (fifth), Matt
Kenseth (sixth), Tony Stewart (seventh) and Jeff Gordon (10th).
Atlanta - “The Spoiler” for Some of the Top 10?
• Kurt Busch (12th) and Mark Martin (14th) both posted top-15 finishes at
Atlanta in March. Elliott Sadler (29th) was the only Chase driver to finish
outside the top 15 at Atlanta in March.
• Mark Martin has posted two DNFs in his last three races at Atlanta Motor
• Elliott Sadler has posted only one top-10 finish in 11 races at Atlanta
Strong Starter at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Ryan Newman has posted five straight starts of sixth or better, including
three Bud poles in the last three races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Top 10 Lap Leaders at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Driver Starts Laps Led
1. Yarborough, Cale 47 3,316
2 Earnhardt, Dale 46 2,655
3. Petty, Richard 65 1,867
4. Pearson, David 39 1,468
5. Allison, Bobby 48 1,156
6. Elliott, Bill 54 1,016
7. Gordon, Jeff 24 975
8. Labonte, Bobby 23 944
9. Baker, Buddy 54 785
10. Martin, Mark 37 652
Winning From Up Front at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Only one of the last 28 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway was won from the
Bud Pole. In the 90 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, since 1960, 13 races have
been won from the Bud pole and nine were scored in the first 40 races at the
Georgia superspeedway, while only four came in the last 50 races.
Atlanta Domination by the Earnhardt’s
Dale Earnhardt had a 9.543 average finish in 46 races at Atlanta Motor
Speedway, the best average finish among all drivers with more than five starts
at there. Dale Earnhardt Jr., has the second best average finish at Atlanta,
with a 10.200 average finish in just 10 races there.
Starts Poles Wins T-5s T-10s DNFs Av. Start Av. Fin. Led
Dale Earnhardt 46 4 9 26 30 7 12.065 9.543 2,655
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10 1 1 4 6 0 13.600 10.200 332
A Chevrolet has won the last three races at Atlanta. Ford has struggled,
winning just one of the last 14 races at the Georgia speedway. A Dodge has not
won at Atlanta Motor Speedway since Richard Petty won the 1977 Atlanta 500,
27 years ago.
And Beat Goes On
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been running at the finish in all 10 of his races
at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is the longest streak among the 499 drivers
that have competed there since 1960. All drivers with more than nine starts at
Atlanta have scored at least one DNF.
Terry Labonte and Ricky Rudd Expected to Set Marks at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Ricky Rudd is expected to make his 54th start at Atlanta, moving him into
a three-way tie with Bill Elliott and Buddy Baker for fourth in all-time
starts there. Terry Labonte is expected to make his 53rd start at Atlanta, which
will move him to fifth all-time in starts there. Richard Petty holds the record
with 65 starts at Atlanta.
Petty, Richard 65
Marcis, Dave 59
Waltrip, Darrell 56
Elliott, Bill 54
Baker, Buddy 54
Rudd, Ricky 53
Labonte, Terry 52
Different Winners at Atlanta
There have been five different winners in the last five races at Atlanta
Motor Speedway. Thirty-eight different drivers have scored at least one
victory in the 90 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Selected Records at Atlanta Motor Speedway
• Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace lead all active drivers, each with three
Bud Poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Newman has won the last three Bud Poles at
Atlanta, tying Buddy Baker (both races 1979 and spring 1980). No driver has
won four straight Bud Poles there.
• Jeff Gordon leads all full-time drivers with four victories at Atlanta
• Bobby Labonte leads all full-time drivers with 12 top-five finishes in 23
races Atlanta Motor Speedway.
• Terry Labonte leads all full time drivers with 24 top-10 finishes in 52
races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
• Jeff Gordon has led 975 laps at Atlanta Motor Speedway, more than any
other full-time driver.
• Ryan Newman has a 2.20 starting average in five races at Atlanta Motor
Speedway the best of all drivers with more than one start at Atlanta Motor
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. has an 10.2 average finish in 10 races at Atlanta
Motor Speedway, the best of all active drivers.
Skunked at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Terry Labonte is expected to compete in his 53rd race at Atlanta Motor
Speedway. Labonte has never won a race at the Georgia superspeedway.
Superspeedway Success in 2004
• Jimmie Johnson has posted five victories on superspeedways in 2004, the
most of all drivers.
• Jeff Gordon has scored 16 top-10 finishes in the 24 superspeedway races
this season, the most of all drivers.
• Jimmie Johnson has led 848 of the 6,477 laps raced on superspeedways in
2004 (13 percent).
• Jeff Gordon has earned 3,284 points on superspeedways, just four more
than closest competitor Kurt Busch with 3,280 points.
• Jeff Gordon has earned 100 bonus points, 10 more than any other driver.
• All 10 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup are ranked 14th or
higher based upon points earned on superspeedways in 2004.
Leading The Way in 2004
Jeff Gordon is the only driver to lead at least one lap in 23 races in
Winning Tougher than Ever in 2004
• There was at least one first-time winner in each of the past 10 seasons
(1994-2003). With no first-time race winner through the first 32 races in 2004,
that streak stands in jeopardy.
• There are eight drivers who won in 2003 that have not won in 2004 (Bobby
Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Ricky Craven, Bill Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Dale
Jarrett, Robby Gordon and Terry Labonte).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(10-26-2004)
- AMS Honor's Victims: There will be a moment of silence for the victims before both the Busch and Nextel Cup races on Saturday and Sunday, AMS communications manager Angela Revell said. Also, a black ribbon adorned with 10 stars has been painted on the infield grass, and the flags at the speedway are at half-staff.(Macon Telegraph)(10-29-2004)
- National Anthem, Concert at Atlanta, Fly Over; Tickets: Grammy-winning rock band Third Day will star in a special pre-race concert and sing the national anthem and "Georgia on My Mind" for the Oct. 31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. All five members of the Atlanta-based band attended last year's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 as guests of Chevrolet and have quickly become fans of NASCAR. And although the group's members - David Carr, Mark Lee, Brad Avery, Tai Anderson and Mac Powell - won't name one favorite driver, it's fair to say they favor the Chevy guys. The performance will be the first time Third Day has performed for a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race audience. Third Day recently released its seventh album, Wire, which debuted on Billboard's Top 200 album chart at number 12. For updated Third Day information, please visit www.ThirdDay.com. Third Day's race morning concert will begin at 11:10 a.m. and is
expected to last 45 minutes. Immediately following the Third Day concert, the Red Baron Squadron will put on a two-minute pre-race
show. Third Day will then return to the pre-race stage to perform "Georgia On My Mind" and the National Anthem, which will be punctuated by a B-1 Bomber flying over the speedway. Great seats are still available for the entire Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend. Three-day packages start at $69; for more information call the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit
- The Inaugural RaceTown Atlanta announced its NASCAR driver and special appearances along with band performances for the 2004 event. RaceTown Atlanta is a FREE three-day event celebrating the world of motor sports. It is the official festival of the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event will take place October 28-30, 2004 from 12:00pm-11:00pm at
Centennial Olympic Park. Along with NASCAR driver appearances, RaceTown Atlanta will feature NASCAR showcars including the #20 Home Depot car, #88 UPS car, #2 Miller Lite car, #15 Napa Auto Parts car, #45 Georgia Pacific car and #9 UAW-Daimler Chrysler car. National and local artists will perform on the Dodge main stage every night during the event. Access to the special artists viewing area is $5.00 per day and tickets can only be purchased on site the day of the event. For more infomation, see my Driver Appearances, click on the banner below or go to www.racetownatlanta.com.(10-25-2004)
- Mad Man at the Races: MAD Magazine spokescharacter, Alfred E. Neuman, will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway during the upcoming race weekend with the speedway's Aaron's 312 Busch race sponsor, Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership. Neuman will be at the Aaron's product display, located in the display lot in the Earnhardt parking area, on Friday, Oct. 29. He will be hosting a special "Alfred E. Neuman look-alike contest", which will be judged by the Aaron's Dream Girls and MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra. Look-alikes should be at the Aaron's product display at 5 p.m. for the special judging. The winner will receive an Aaron's/MAD Magazine racing goodie bag, which will be awarded onstage during the Aaron's 312 pre-race ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 30. For more information, visit www.shopaarons.com or visit any Aaron's store.(AMS PR)(10-12-2004)
- Protest at Atlanta: A little-known group of minority race fans plans to protest a NASCAR event at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Oct. 31. Hampton Police Chief Bud Smith said representatives from the National Association for Minority Race Fans are seeking a protest permit for that day's race. However, the city ordinance does not address such a request. "We do not have an ordinance that requires them to get a permit," he said. "But we will require them to register at city hall. We will also discuss this issue at the Oct. 5 pre-race meeting." Little is known about the group, which has a Web site at www.namrf.com. The site displays a countdown to when the site will be open to the public, midnight Oct. 1. Until then, only members can log onto the site. Phillip W. Offill Jr., an attorney with Dallas law firm Godwin Gruber, said he represents the group. "This will be a fairly substantial protest," he said. "They are loud and proud and have a problem with what is going on with NASCAR." Specifically, Offill said the group pinpoints racism and the safety of minorities and women at race events but declined to elaborate. "Some more will come out closer to the release of the documentary," he said. "But a lot of folks, because of the color of their skin or gender, don't feel safe at race events."
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Wednesday that he is not familiar with the protest group. He said NASCAR is proud of the strides made within the organization to attract everyone as fans. "NASCAR respects the right of all people to express their opinions and NASCAR is committed to making the sport off and on the track even more like America," he said. "No issue is more important for NASCAR to succeed and grow."
Smith said the group specifically wants to protest the Oct. 31 race, the Bass Pro Ships MBNA 500, but Offill alluded to Talladega as another possible target but would not elaborate. The EA Sports 500 is slated at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway Oct. 3. Talladega officials said Wednesday they have not had contact with the group, which they had not heard of. Offill said the Web site is available only to members because they don't want to let "personalities" get out in front of the issues and concerns of the group.
Smith said the group seeks a peaceful demonstration but the request itself is unusual. "They say they are very peaceful and not aggressive," he said, "but I have not known of a race protest and I've been here since 1972. As long as they are peaceful, we'll work with them." The group, accompanied by a film crew, first approached the Henry Superior Court clerk's office for a permit. However, Clerk Judy Lewis sent them to Hampton since the track is inside the city limits. Getting permission to protest and actually having a place in which to do so are two different things. AMS spokeswoman Angela Revell said she is not familiar with the group and has had no contact with any of its representatives. She also expressed surprise that minorities have a beef with NASCAR. "I guess they haven't heard of Magic Johnson's minority initiatives," said Revell. Earlier this year, sports legend Johnson announced plans to boost minority involvement in NASCAR. He told reporters in June his dad, a "big fan," took him to the track when he was a child. The event made a lasting impression. NASCAR is also making other efforts to diversify the fan base including developing a program called "Drive for Diversity," [www.drivefordiversity.com] aimed at generating well-trained minority and female drivers and crew members. Last year, NASCAR clashed with Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition when board member Bill Shack called car racing organizations "the last bastion of white supremacy." NASCAR Chief Operating Officer George Pyne responded that his organization is "vigorously" reaching out to minorities, citing mandated sensitivity training for all employees and the formation of a diversity council, intern programs and college tours.(News-Daily), past news on the diverstiy issue on my Racing Schools/Jobs page.(9-23-2004)
AND More at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.(9-24-2004)
- Atlanta SAFER underway: The most extensive SAFER barrier installation at any NASCAR-sanctioned speedway is under way at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Work crews will demonstrate the installation process and officials will be available to answer questions about the project. Approximately 7,450 linear feet of the steel and foam energy-reducing barrier will be in place for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 race events. Who: Ed Clark -- Atlanta Motor Speedway, President and General Manager Randy Wray -- Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Project Manager When: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m. Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway Turn 1 Details: Media members should sign in at the main tunnel and proceed toward turn 1 once through the tunnel. Enter the track at end of pit road and proceed toward Turn 1, and park on the flat apron of the track. B-roll and photo opportunities will take place on the frontstretch. Info: For information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway public relations department at (770) 946-3950.(AMS PR)(9-11-2004)
- SAFER at Atlanta: The installation of the new Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barrier walls at Atlanta Motor Speedway is expected to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in time for testing for the speedway's fall race weekend, the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. The project, which is being headed by SMI's contruction manager, Randy Wray, will be completed at night to accommodate the daytime track activities already scheduled. Working with the same crew that has already installed the SAFER walls at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Wray estimated that the project would take 2½ to 3 weeks to complete. Atlanta Motor Speedway will install approximately 7,450 linear feet of the SAFER barrier, which will cover approximately 75 percent of the speedway's outer walls. The SAFER barrier system will be placed outside of all four turns, as well as inside turn 2. The SAFER barrier system is made up of steel tubes and pads of hard foam, which are affixed to a speedway's concrete walls to absorb some of the energy that is transferred during a crash. Wray said the wall has already been completely fabricated, and it is being galvanized. It will start arriving at the track either later this week or early next week in about 25 truckloads.(AMS PR)(8-17-2004)
- Atlanta to Create New Mid-State RV Center Family Campground: Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced today the creation of a new family camping area designed especially with the needs of families in mind. The Mid-State RV Center Family Campground presented by Coachmen and Sports Coach will be located north of the front entrance of the speedway, adjacent to Hwy 19/41 and next to the spacious new bathroom/shower facility. There will be separate camping areas for both RV and tent/pop-up camping, and spaces will being pre-selling immediately for the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. There are 380 RV spaces, which will sell for $125 per race, and 180 tent pop-up spaces, which will be $100 per race. Campers in the family-designated area will be surrounded
by sturdy fencing and will be able to depend on round-the-clock security. The new Mid-State RV Family Campground will also have strictly enforced quiet time from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. The family campground is sponsored by Mid-State RV Center in Byron, Ga., a longtime sponsor of AMS and supporter of Speedway Children's Charities. Mid-State RV Center is one of the top sellers of all ranges of RVs, from luxurious Coachmen motorhomes to economical travel trailers and pop-ups. For more information or to purchase spaces in the Mid-State RV Family Campground, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office now at (770) 946-4211.(AMS PR)(6-23-2004)
- Limited Number of Pre-Race Pit Passes Available at Atlanta: Atlanta Motor Speedway will again offer a limited number of $125 pre-race pit passes that fans can purchase for the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 NEXTEL Cup race. For just $125, fans will have the chance to be inside the highly coveted pit area, in the heart of the racing activity for the entire weekend. Weekend pre-race pit passes are good Friday through Saturday morning until 1 hour prior to the Aaron's 312 Busch race, and again on Sunday morning until 1 hour prior to the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. Friday-only pit passes will also be available for just $75, allowing fans into the pit area for all of the day's action, including practice and qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series, and final practices for the ASA and IROC series. Fans must be at least 14 years old and wear appropriate attire to be admitted into the pit area. Pre-race pit passes are not good for gate admittance and must be accompanied by a grandstand ticket for each day. Tickets for all three days of racing excitement during the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway are on sale now. For more information about tickets or pre-race pit passes, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211.(AMS PR)(5-4-2004)
- $69 Three-Day Thriller Ticket Package Returns at Atlanta: The three-day thriller ticket package will return for the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with packages starting at just $69. The three-day thriller ticket will allow race fans to attend the chock-full Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 race weekend, which will feature four different races in four different racing series, as well as practice and qualifying. The $69 three-day thriller ticket offer will include:
- One reserved Weaver grandstand ticket (rows 14-24) for the Oct. 31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
- One unreserved East Turn grandstand ticket for Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 Busch Series race and the IROC season finale
- One unreserved Champions grandstand (frontstretch) ticket for Friday’s Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night and ASA 150.(more info at the AMS site)(4-9-2004)
- IROC Testing at Atlanta: The International Race of Champions (IROC) series will test Tuesday and Wednesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway as they prepare for their Oct. 30 season finale at the fast, high-banked track. Jim and Jay Sauter and Dave Marcis are expected to test the IROC cars on Tuesday, while IROC officials are expecting World of Outlaws drivers Steve Kinser and Danny "The Dude" Lasoski in to test on Wednesday. Lasoski is fresh off a "dream win"after pulling off a stunning victory last Friday in the Crown Royal IROC event at Texas Motor Speedway. In the Crown Royal IROC point standings, which will pay $1 million to the season champion, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman are tied for first with 33 points while Lasoski and Jimmie Johnson are tied for second with 32 points. The two-day test session is closed to the public.(AMS PR)(4-6-2004)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Atlanta Motor Speedway
- news on Hendrick Motorsports at my Hendrick Tragedy page.
- Andretti, A.J. Foyt and the #14? looks like he new #14 ppc Racing team is listed as being owned by A.J. Foyt, who ran the #14 for a few races in 2004 after running it fulltime for a few years. Driver John Andretti asked Foyt, his Godfather, if the team could use the number and got permission as Foyt had no plans to run any more races in 2004. So Andretti can use a provisional, but the #14 is 52nd in Owners Points standings and with 59 teams/drivers/cars in the Atlanta Entry list, it is unlikely the provisionals will fall that far down the list.(10-29-2004)
- Elliott back at Atlanta: The last time Bill Elliott was at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) for a NASCAR Nextel Cup race he was perched in the media complex serving as a radio commentator. That was back in March when the Dawsonville, Ga. native snapped a driving streak of 49 consecutive Cup races at the track he calls home. Elliott, who is running a limited schedule in 2004, returns to AMS this weekend in a more comfortable surrounding as the driver of the #98 McDonald's Dodge, operated by Bill Elliott Racing with support from Evernham Motorsports. Elliott finished fourth in his last outing at AMS in October, 2003. Elliott's appearance in Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 will be his sixth Cup race of the season and the second with the Golden Arch sponsorship. His most recent Cup race was in the McDonald's car in September at California Speedway where he qualified third and finished 25th. Along with the Southern California race in Fontana, Elliott's other Cup races this season were at Las Vegas, Texas, Daytona (July) and Indianapolis. His best finish was ninth at Indy's Brickyard 400.(DMF Communications PR)(10-27-2004)
- Kerry Earnhardt back in the #33 at Atlanta: Kerry Earnhardt will drive the #33 Bass Pro Shops Chevy at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Richard Childress Racing. This is the same car Kevin Harvick raced last spring at AMS. Earnhardt tested at AMS
Tuesday, Oct. 19 and Wednesday, Oct. 20 in preparation for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. Bobby Hutchens and Bobby Leslie will serve as co-crew chiefs of Earnhardt's #33 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet this weekend. Former crew chief Gil Martin has taken over the reigns of the #2 ACDelco Busch Series entry replacing Butch Hylton. Martin will continue in that role with driver Clint Bowyer in 2005. Earnhardt will sport a special paint scheme this weekend highlighting Bass Pro Shops' support of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The #33 also showcased the NWTF during the NEXTEL Open at Charlotte. Earnhardt won the 2001 Pork the Other White Meat 400 ARCA Re/Max Series race at AMS. Additionally, he made one other ARCA start at the Hampton, Ga., track (11/18/00), where he finished sixth. In addition to his driving duties with RCR, Earnhardt has been wheeling the #20 NAPA Chevrolet for Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series. In eight starts for BMR, Earnhardt boasts two top-five and four top-10 finishes. In just eight West Series races with BMR on a 13 race tour, Earnhardt finished 18th in the final championship standings.(RCR PR)(10-27-2004)
- Martin to do a triple at Atlanta UPDATE: As if competing for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship wasn't enough, Mark Martin announced today that he will compete in three races during the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Martin will return to his roots on Friday, Oct. 29, competing in the ASA 150 for Atlanta-based World Financial Group, with associate sponsorship from longtime AMS sponsor Gresham & Associates. Martin, 45, began his racing career in the American Speed Association (ASA), logging 143 starts, which produced 22 race wins and four titles. Martin will continue logging miles during the Oct. 30 Aaron's 312 Busch Series race in his #9 Roush Racing Ford sponsored by Cottman Transmissions. First on the all-time Busch Series win list, Martin already has three victories and two pole positions in Atlanta Busch Series events. On Sunday, Oct. 31, Martin will return to his #6 Viagra Ford for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, the seventh of 10 races in the Chase for
the NEXTEL Cup. The only race that Martin will miss all weekend at Atlanta is the Crown Royal IROC season championship. "But I'll be working on my champion's invite for next year," Martin said with an impish grin. Martin is scheduled to test at Atlanta on Monday, Oct. 18.(AMS PR)(10-5-2004)
UPDATE: Mark Martin will make a return to the series where he won four championships from 1978-86. Martin cut his teeth in the American Speed Association Series, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 1978, before moving on to multiple championships in the
series and eventually making a name for himself as one of NASCAR’s all-time elite drivers. Martin will take a break from his hectic NASCAR schedule and make a return to his roots when he drives the World Financial #6 Ford in ASA at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 29. It will mark Martin’s first time in an ASA race since 1996. “We are all excited and pumped up about running the ASA car in
Atlanta. We will be doing the triple that weekend with the ASA race on Friday, the Busch race Saturday and the Cup race on Sunday. That will be a busy weekend for sure. I have a great affinity for this series. It’s a world-class series with world-class drivers that put on an extremely competitive show and I think they’ll really put a show on at both Lowe’s and Atlanta.” Martin’s last run in ASA came on Sept. 2, 1996 where he ran to a top-10 finish at the Minnesota State Fair. Martin has finished inside the top 10 in 66 percent of the 143 ASA races he has started. Martin’s sponsor for the race will be World Financial Group, Inc. (WFG). World Financial Group is an independent marketing company whose affiliates offer life insurance and a broad array of financial products and services.(Roush Racing PR)(10-26-2004)
- Truex Jr. to attempt Atlanta: Martin Truex, Jr. will attempt his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series start in the Bass Pro Shops/MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, October 31, 2004. Truex, Jr. will drive the #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. This will be his first Nextel Cup Series start if he qualifies for the race on the 1.5-mile track. His previous attempt was at New Hampshire International Speedway in September, where qualifying was cancelled by NASCAR due to rain [Note: Truex Jr. subbed for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at NHIS in July, but was not credited with a start or points as per the rules]. "I think every driver's ultimate goal is to race in the Nextel Cup Series," Truex, Jr. said. "I would like to thank Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Inc. and Bass Pro Shops for giving me this opportunity." Currently leading the NASCAR Busch Series standings in his first full year of driving for Chance 2 Motorsports, Truex, Jr. will be carrying some very familiar colors on his car. Bass Pro Shops has been the primary sponsor for 18 Busch Series races for Truex, Jr. and the Chance 2 team this season.
Richard "Slugger" Labbe, a Daytona 500 winning crew chief, will serve as crew chief on the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops car, with Kevin "Bono" Manion, Truex's regular crew chief on the Busch car, making calls on pit road during the race. A major catalog and Internet retailer, Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, MO, currently has 23 locations across the United States and attracts some 66 million visitors a year. Stores in Las Vegas, NV and Harrisburg, PA are also scheduled to open this year with more locations planned for 2005 and 2006.(DEI PR)(10-19-2004)
- Larry Foyt to drive 2nd BAM Racing car in 3 races: Larry Foyt and the #59 BAM Racing Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Lowe's Motor Speedway, located in Concord, N.C., for Saturday night's UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race. Foyt joins BAM Racing with an extensive background in both stock car and open wheel racing. Part of the lineage of the legendary A.J. Foyt, Larry Foyt raced in the 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup season for A.J. Foyt Racing, as well as in this year's Indianapolis 500. Foyt has a variety of racing experience from USAC, ASA, NASCAR Busch, and Nextel Cup series. "This will be the first time I've driven for a race team owned by someone outside of the family. It'll be a neat experience, something different that I'm looking forward to. Having two cars is something I know BAM Racing is looking forward to in the near future, so it's important for us to perform well this weekend. The only other time they've fielded two cars in the same race was at Infineon and both cars finished well out there. Hopefully, we can duplicate the same performance this weekend," Foyt said."I'm also looking forward to having Kenny Schrader as a teammate. He and A.J. Foyt know each other pretty well and he has said often how A.J. helped him throughout his racing career. Hopefully, a Nextel Cup veteran like Kenny can return the favor. As for now, we're planning on running three Nextel Cup races with BAM Racing before the end of the year; starting in Charlotte, then Atlanta, then the season finale in Homestead. After that we'll see. We're actively working on securing sponsorship for the 2005 Nextel Cup season.(Williams Company PR)(10-11-2004)
- Sunoco to sponsor ppc? UPDATE - official: PPC Racing is set to announce the formation of a NEXTEL Cup series team on Tuesday, Oct 6th at a press conference at Lowe's Motor Speedway. PPC will run a Cup car with driver John Andretti, Sunoco is one of the primary sponsors. The car will make its debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway this October.(Motorsport.com).
Jayski NOTE Andretti tested at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, the team is running the #14 and Ford's with Yates power.(10-1-2004)
UPDATE: John Andretti and ppc Racing have aligned themselves with a forward-thinking corporate sponsor to participate in a full-time, long-term venture at the top level of stock car racing. Andretti will drive the #14 VB/APlus at Sunoco Ford for ppc Racing beginning with the UAW/GM 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at the 1.5-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway Saturday night, Oct. 16. The team will run the remaining 2004 schedule, with the exception of Martinsville, and a full schedule every season beginning with the 2005 Daytona 500.
“A lot of people have been working hard to put this program together,” said Andretti, a two-time winner in NASCAR Nextel Cup racing. “It’s pretty exciting to have everything set and ready to go, and to know we are going to be a very competitive race team.”
Greg Pollex owns ppc Racing, one of the winningest teams in the NASCAR Busch Series. ppc Racing won the 2000 national championship, has finished second four times in the title battle, and won the 2002 rookie of the year award.
“This is the next step for ppc Racing. It’s a big step but one we are prepared, and excited, to take,” Pollex said. “The backing of VB, Sunoco, APlus and Ford Motor Company allows us the support level we need to be competitive. We’ve brought in some very talented people to partner with one of the most experienced drivers in the sport.”
Said Steve Swick, CEO, Victory Brand LLC, “For years stock car racing was pretty well closed to cigarette manufacturers but we jumped when we saw this opportunity. We joined the sport not only because there was an opening but because there was an opportunity to be part of a brand new exciting race team,” Swick said. “The sport fits our demographic with the huge numbers of adults who follow it, and with the large numbers of highly brand loyal smokers who are fans. We believe they will see our support for NASCAR racing and will try the VB brand. And, frankly, we are race fans. We love racing, we love NASCAR racing and the excitement it brings,” he added. “We’re excited to be a part of our favorite sport.”
Swick, whose company will be the second cigarette company to sponsor a car full time in the history of stock car racing, emphasized Victory Brand LLC was working diligently to target adult smokers of legal age, and would continue to proactively avoid marketing aimed towards minors. “We are a very age-sensitive company. Our corporate policy expressly forbids marketing aimed at anyone other than smokers of legal age,” Swick said. “That is an area both Victory Brand LLC and ppc Racing have discussed in full, and neither of us wants to sway from that. Our message is simple – if you are of legal age and you are a smoker, please try the VB brand cigarette. We think race fans will like the quality and we’re confident they will switch.”
“APlus is excited about entering into a marketing alliance with Victory Brands, as well as partnering with Ford and ppc Racing on the #14 car,” said Jeff Hassman, manager of channel marketing for APlus convenience stores. “John Andretti’s talent and popularity with NASCAR fans adds another dynamic element to the Nextel Cup Series, and will help us grow brand awareness of APlus as the c-store associated with Sunoco. In addition, we hope that those adult NASCAR fans choosing to buy tobacco products will show their support by purchasing Victory Brands at APlus, the Official Pit Stop of NASCAR.”
"We're very happy to have John Andretti and ppc Racing joining our Nextel Cup effort," said Greg Specht, Performance Operations Manager, Ford Racing Technology. "Obviously, we've enjoyed our long-term and successful relationship with ppc Racing in both the Busch Series and now Craftsman Truck, so we know the capabilities are there to put together a winning program. And we're very pleased to be working with John Andretti again, who has always been a friend of Ford. People should remember that John's first Cup win came in a Ford, and we hope there will be more to come. I think John's and ppc Racing's new program will certainly add solid depth to our Nextel Cup efforts, and we're excited to have them start." Victory Brand LLC, headquartered in Coldwater, Mich., produces VB Made In The USA, a premium high-quality blend value price cigarette, with scheduled national distribution beginning in October. APlus, the Official Pit Stop of NASCAR, is a convenience store chain with over 700 franchise and Sunoco company-owned locations in the Eastern half of the U.S.A. APlus is the exclusive home of Gulliver’s premium brand of coffee, Tobacco Zone, City Deli and Parlor Pizza. Sunoco is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA and is the Official Fuel of NASCAR.(John Andretti Site/Williams Company PR), see an image of the car on my 2004 Paint Scheme page.(10-5-2004)
- Four Mo Races in the #00 for Kenny: Kenny Wallace will drive the #00 Michael Waltrip Aarons Dream Machine Chevy in four more Cup races: Talladega, Lowes Motor Speedway, Atlanta and Homestead,(Kenny Wallace Site)(9-7-2004)
- McDonalds and Elliott back together...for two races: Bill Elliott will return at California and Atlanta driving the #98 Dodge with the familiar McDonald's colors. The special paint scheme will feature the McDonald's logo and colors as well as their "I'm Lovin' It" logo. Elliott owned and drove a McDonalds sponsored Ford (#94) in the late 90's for several seasons before moving to Evernham Motorsports.(RacingOne), why the #98? same as in Daytona in July, when Coca Cola's C2 was the sponsor, Coca Cola supplies McDonalds with it's drinks, one Evernham Motorsports sponsors is Mountain Dew [owned by Pepsi], so Elliott can't drive the #91 Evernham third car, but his own #98 Dodge.(8-19-2004)
IMAGE see an image of the scheme on my 2004 Cup Paint Schemes page.(8-21-2004)
- Kerry Earnhardt to run five Cup races for RCR in the #33 UPDATE 2 Skinner in the Daytona 500?:- Kerry Earnhardt will compete in five NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races in 2004 for Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in the #33 Bass Pro Shops Chevy. Earnhardt, 34, is the eldest son of Dale Earnhardt who, with RCR, earned 67 race wins and six of his seven NASCAR Cup Series championships. He is scheduled to compete April 25 at Talladega, May 22 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord for the NASCAR All-Star Challenge, July 3 at Daytona, Oct. 3 at Talladega and Atlanta on Oct. 31 [Halloween]. Earnhardt has one Nextel Cup start, driving the #71 Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet at Michigan on Aug. 20, 2000. He also has 65 NASCAR Busch Series starts since 2000, earning two top-five and five top-10 finishes. In 11 starts over two seasons (2000-01) in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, he had four wins, seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes. RCR and Bass Pro Shops have maintained a relationship since 1998, when the nation’s leading retailer of premium outdoor gear signed on as an associate sponsor of the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. That same year, Dale Earnhardt drove a Bass Pro Shop paint-schemed car in The Winston at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.(RCR PR)
AND Earnhardt will attempt to make the starting field for the Daytona 500.(Gaston Gazette)(1-22-2004)
UPDATE: been told by RCR there are no plans for Earnhardt to run the Daytona 500.(1-23-2004)
UPDATE 2: from a FoxSports column - The color black is part of Bass Pro Shops sponsorship package for the five Nextel Cup races that they plan to do. In fact, I [Larry McReynolds] think Mike Skinner is going to drive the #33 car in the Daytona 500, but I think it's going to be an AOL car.(FoxSports)(1-26-2004)
- See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Scary Scheme for Sadler: In celebration of Halloween, the #38 M&M’S Ford of Elliott Sadler will sport a festive orange and black paint scheme with the ‘M’ Characters in costumes.(M&M's PR). See an image of the car on my #38 Team Schemes page or 2004 Cup Schemes page.(10-27-2004)
- Retro Look back for Riggs: Scott Riggs will pilot the same specially designed Valvoline Chevrolet in this weekend's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway as he did two weeks ago in Charlotte. This time, however, he hopes it will produce a different result. While Riggs qualified fourth for the Charlotte Nextel Cup race, a first-lap glitch cost him the chance to capitalize on the
starting spot, and the Team Owners Select Chevrolet retired from the event after just 30 laps. As part of a special Valvoline promotion,
the decidedly popular design was chosen by thousands of Valvoline team "owners" in a recent vote to decide which scheme would be driven in Charlotte. After its short life on the track, Riggs and the Valvoline team decided to give the car another shot, this time at
Atlanta Motor Speedway. Valvoline is the only consumer products company to own a NASCAR team. The Owners Program is one way Valvoline brings fans closer to their favorite sport in a way no other team can. There are nearly 5,000 Valvoline owners who have signed up for the program that gives them souvenir pieces of the racecar, invitations to special events, letters from Riggs, chances to win racing merchandise -- and the opportunity to vote on special paint schemes.(DMF Communications PR), See an image of the car on my #10 Team Schemes page or 2004 Cup Schemes page.(10-27-2004)
- Bugles for Jeff Green at Atlanta: This weekend Jeff Green and the #43 Bugles Dodge team head into the 1.54-mile Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway for Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. Green started the race back in March in the 18th spot and finished 19th. This is one of the final four races of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup season on one of the fastest tracks on the circuit. Green will be driving a #43 Bugles-schemed Dodge this weekend. Some thoughts of #43 Bulges Dodge driver Jeff Green heading into Atlanta: "We've got Bugles on the hood and sides of the car this weekend. We're going pretty fast, but you won't be able to miss the bright colors of this Bugles car. It stands out and it's a cool car just to look at. I'll just be fortunate enough to drive it this weekend. We're hoping we have a good run with this #43 Bugles Dodge."(Williams Company PR)(10-26-2004)
- Special Scheme for Jarrett to be announced [see IMAGE] UPDATE: there will be an announcement on Thursday, August 11 that Dale Jarrett will run a special paint scheme on the #88 UPS Ford. The UPS Site says it will be 'scary'. And got an image of the Halloween themed scheme, see my #88 Team Paint Schemes page or 2004 Cup Paint Schemes page for the image.(8-10-2004)
UPDATE: UPS delivers The Universal Monsters to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Halloween as Dale Jarrett and Robert Yates Racing will field and drive the #88 UPS/Universal Monsters Ford. The UPS Ford loses its customary brown, white and gold paint for the haunting look of Monsters. Riding aboard the orange and brown UPS Ford on Halloween 2004 are Frankenstein and his Bride, The Wolfman, The Mummy, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Invisible Man. In addition to the participation of Jarrett and Team UPS, Elliott Sadler and the #38 M&M's® team will race a Halloween-themed paint scheme.(UPS Site)(8-14-2004)
- Red Baron swoops in on Schrader's car: Red Baron Pizza - which sponsored Ken Schrader's NASCAR Winston Cup ride with the #90-Junie Donlavey team during the 1986 and 1987 seasons - will again sponsor the Fenton, Mo., native for two races in 2004: the July 11 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., and the Oct. 31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Red Baron is returning to NASCAR competition in celebration of the Red Baron Pizza Squadron's 25th anniversary. The nation's leading civilian aerobatic performance team will participate in in approximately 150 events around the country during 2004, and will play a key role in the NASCAR promotion. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season. Red Baron Pizza will give NASCAR fans a chance to fully enjoy itsreunion with Ken Schrader. The brand has teamed with Jewel-Osco stores to offer a special in-store promotion that gives consumers chances to win great prizes that include four tickets to all five Chicago races, pit and garage tours, meet-and-greet opportunities with Ken Schrader and the BAM Racing pit crew, and opportunities to enjoy an exciting flight in a Red Baron Pizza Squadron vintage bi-plane. The promotion began in Jewel-Osco stores this week and continues through June 19.(Williams Company PR)(5-28-2004)
- Different look for Bobby Labonte at Daytona: Wellbutrin XL, a medicine indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder in patients 18 years and older, will serve as the primary sponsor for the #18 Chevrolet that Bobby Labonte drives this weekend at Daytona. Wellbutrin XL served as primary sponsor March 28 at Bristol and April 25 at Talladega and will serve as the main sponsor at Chicagoland (July 11), Michigan (Aug. 22), California (Sept. 5), Richmond (Sept. 11) and Atlanta (Oct. 31). The car is blue and yellow, not purple as it was ay Bristol and Talladega.(JGR Site)(7-2-2004)
- Stewart to run Atlanta Busch race with an all-star pit crew: The "McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE" competition is growing more intense this year [see last weeks standings on my Pit Crew Page]. McDonald's and Powerade have decided to take the competition to the next level by creating tow "All-Star Pit Crews" comprised of the best over-the-wall guys across the NEXTEL Cup Series. For the Atlanta Busch Series race in October. To win this event, the team whose car spends the least amount of aggregate time off the racetrack will be named the winner and awarded a monetary prize. To commemorate these unsung heroes, Tony Stewart will pilot the #92 Powerade car for the Powerade All Star crew. Both cars will feature the "McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE" theme [I assume they will use the standings up to that point as the competition runs thru the end of the series].(5-6-2004)
- Special Scheme for Newman at select race and a CONTEST: A long-time supporter of NASCAR racing, ExxonMobil is marking its 14th season in 2004 as a major sponsor of Penske Racing with veteran driver Rusty Wallace and NASCAR 2003 Speed Channel American Driver of the Year Ryan Newman. The Mobil 1 brand will be featured on the hood of Newman’s #12 Dodge during five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races in 2004:
the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway
the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway
the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway
the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway
and the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(TRPR).(1-26-2004)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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