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THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: Food City 500

Nextel Cup Race #6 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

Tour Packages by Premiere Sports Travel:
Food city 500: Bristol Motor Speedway
Sharpie 500: Bristol Motor Speedway


  • Race: Sunday, March 28, 2004 in Bristol, TN

  • TV: FOX - 1:00pm/et

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, March 24th [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, March 25th [Full race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, March 26th [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

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

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • NASCAR on TV and Fox Sports

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,292,816 (was $4,649,329 in 2003)

  • 2003 Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 76.185mph, started 9th

  • Track Race Record 1st Race: Cale Yarborough, Apr 1977, 100.989

  • Track Race Record 2nd Race: Charlie Glotzbach, July 1971, 101.074

  • Slowest Race Record: Ned Jarrett, July 1965, 61.826mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Elliott Sadler, March 2001, started 38th

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Rusty Wallace, 9

  • Most Wins - All Time: Darrell Waltrip, 12

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Mark Martin, 7

  • Most Poles - All Time: Cale Yarborough, 9

  • Most Top 5s: 26 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Earnhardt, 48 years, 3 months, 30 days, 8/28/99

  • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 23 years, 7 months, 20 days, 3/24/02

  • Most Cautions: 20 - 3 times, most recently 8/23/03

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/11/71

  • Most Caution Laps: 167, 7/25/65

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 7/11/71

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/11/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 3/20/66

  • Most Lead Changes: 40 - 4/14/91

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 3/25/73

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Fred Lorenzen 7/26/64

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 500 - Cale Yarborough, 3/25/73

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 37 - Chevrolet

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 20 [of 86 points race run]

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 12

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 9

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 6

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 8

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 12: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 13,14: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 18,19,24,26,27,38: 1


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, March 26th, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, March 27th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 27th, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-FX tape delay 12:00noon/et.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 26th, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order: Thatsracin.com - Food City 500 qualifying order or Food City 500 qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, March 26th at 3:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel and live via PRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid). Re-aired on Speed Channel at 8:00pm and at 2:00am/et on Sat, March 27th.

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

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Mar 2003, 128.709mph, 14.908 secs

  • 2003's Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 128.709mph, finished 22nd.


  • Track Specs:
    0.533-mile concrete oval, 500 laps, 266.5 miles

    Degree of banking in corners: 36 degrees
    Degree of banking in straights: 16 degrees
    Straightaways are 650 feet long.
    Concrete racing surface is 40 feet wide.
    Seating capacity: ~160,000
    Bristol has two pits roads: 21 pit stalls on the front stretch and 21 on the back stretch (1 must be shared)
    Pit Stall Size: 25.5 feet long, 15.5 feet wide
    Pace Car Speeds: Pit Road - 35 mph; Track 40 mph

  • Bristol Pit Rules: Bristol Motor Speedway operates under a plan where one-pit road will be used during pit stops under caution. Currently, Bristol remains the only track in Winston Cup that utilizes two pit roads. Teams that pit on the backstretch used to be at a competitive disadvantage. Since the spring 2002 race at Bristol, teams will enter pit road in Turn 2 (the current backstretch pit entrance) drive around down the backstretch and around Turns 3 and 4 and exit in Turn 1. Under green-flag conditions teams will enter and exit pit road under the current two-pit-road scheme.

  • Track Homepage: Bristol Motor Speedway site

  • Last Year: see my 2003 Bristol - Race 1 Info Page.


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Codes: Left - D-6826; Right - D-6828
    Circumference: Left - 87.3 in.; Right - 88.6 in.

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 155-165 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup: Left - 1,400, Right - 1,400
    Busch Series: Left - 500, Right - 500

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 26 psi
    Left Rear - 26 psi
    Right Front - 42 psi
    Right Rear - 40 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 21 psi
    Left Rear - 21 psi
    Right Front - 40 psi
    Right Rear - 37 psi

    Notes:
    This is the first time this specific combination of left- and right-side tires will be run at Bristol . . . the previous combination had been run at the track since March 2001 . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will compete on the same tire codes at Bristol this week . . . this tire set-up was used earlier this season at Las Vegas . . . this is the second of six Nextel Cup races these tire codes will be run this season . . . including the Las Vegas race and both events at Bristol, this combination will be run at Pocono (both races) and Indianapolis Motor Speedway . . . while Busch teams do not run at IMS, that series will run this combination during both of its events at Nashville . . . Bristol is unique in that it is the only major NASCAR track less than one mile in length where inner liners are required . . . however, teams will run Goodyear's tubeless safety spare in only the right-side tires at Bristol, as compared to in all four tire positions on speedways . . . inner liner inflation should be 12-25 psi higher than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote:
    Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development -- "Along with Las Vegas, this is the probably the most dramatic tire set-up change for the 2004 season. The new set-up features a new construction package as well as softer compounds on both sides. We have been on the conservative side the last several years at Bristol, so based on competitor feed back we decided to make a significant change for this season."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Bristol Motor Speedway for leading the points and winning the race (Matt Kenseth last won the award, $30,000 at Las Vegas on March 7, 2004). 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(3-22-2004)

  • 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. 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. Tony Stewart claimed the biggest MBNA Mid-Race Leader payout when he took home $85,000 ($10,000 for the award, $75,000 for the race-win bonus) by winning last year’s UAW-GM Quality 500 after leading the race at the halfway point.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Bristol is: $15,000
    Winners for 2004 so far:
    Daytona:
    Rockingham:
    Las Vegas:
    Atlanta:
    Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    (3-23-2004)


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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
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  • Bristol Facts and Notes:
    * Kurt Busch won the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway, scoring his ninth career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 120th career start. His last victory came at Bristol in August 2003, 18 races ago. This was his fourth top-10 finish in six races in 2004.
    * This is Kurt Busch's fourth Bristol victory in the last five races, including three straight.
    * The last time a driver won three straight short-track races was by Rusty Wallace at Martinsville (both races there in 1994 and the first race there in 1995).
    * Busch has finished sixth or better in the last five races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    * Busch became the fourth different race winner in 2004.
    * Matt Kenseth (fifth) remained the point leader by 21 over second-place Kurt Busch.
    * Busch led 119 laps in the Food City 500, the most of the day. This marked the second time in six races in 2004 that Busch has led the most laps in a race. Busch also led the most at Darlington.
    * This race was the third victory for Ford in 2004. Chevrolet also has three victories this season while Dodge and Pontiac still is seeking their first of the season.
    2004 Food City 500- Notebook Items
    * Rusty Wallace (second) scored his best finish since he finished second at Phoenix in November 2002. It is his third top-10 finish in 2004. It marked his 28th top-10 finish in 41 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Wallace led 100 of the 500 laps raced today.
    * Kevin Harvick (third) scored his third top-10 finish in 2004. It marked his sixth top-10 finish in seven races at Bristol.
    * Sterling Marlin (fourth) scored his second top-10 finish in 2004. It was his 17th top-10 finish in 39 races at Bristol and his best Bristol finish since he finished second in August 1991.
    * Matt Kenseth (fifth) scored his fifth top-10 finish in 2004, the only driver to do so. It was his fifth straight top-10 finish in his nine races at Bristol.
    * Ken Schrader (sixth) scored his first top-10 finish in 2004. This was his 11th top-10 finish in 39 races at Bristol. Schrader scored his best finish since he finished fourth at Richmond in September 1998. [Schrader also finished 6th at Taladega in April 1999]
    * Michael Waltrip (10th) ended his five-race streak of finishes of 38th, 33rd, 37th, 23rd and 35th in the first five races of 2004. Waltrip climbed from 37th to 34th in the point standings. It was his first top-10 finish since he finished fifth at Phoenix last November.
    * Terry Labonte (18th) has been running at the finish in 48 straight races, a streak that began at Charlotte in October 2002.
    * Rookie Kasey Kahne (40th) scored his second DNF and second finish outside the top 15 in his short, six-race career.
    * Scott Wimmer (13th) was the highest finishing rookie for the second time in 2004.
    * Johnny Sauter led one lap in the Food City 500, the first lap that he has led in his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup career.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-28-2004)

  • StockCarFans.Com - Rumblings - Bristol: Bristol Motor Speedway has been "bery, bery good to me". Chico Esquela of Saturday Night Live fame had nothing on Kurt Busch. When you make the call from the car (and your crew chief doesn't like it), you better drive your butt off, and that's what Busch did the final 119 laps to grab his 3rd straight win (and 4th in the last 5) at BMS today.
    Busch's win it the Food City 500 was the 9th of his career....he's now in a 6-way tie for 48th on the all time win list with Paul Goldsmith, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Cotton Owens, and Bob Welborn. His take of the over $5.2M in posted awards was $173,465. He's now fleeced this place for more than $573K the last three events.
    I don't know about you, but somebody at Gillette deserves a raise! Six events into the season and every winner a "Young Gun". Give that man a corner office....
    You get the feeling Kasey Kahne's gonna be getting a call from Mike Helton this week, huh.....
    Rusty Wallace (2nd) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Phoenix in November of 2002.
    Ken Schrader (6th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Talladega in April of 1999!
    Michael Waltrip (10th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Phoenix last November.
    Hermie Sadler (31st) had his best finish since he was 30th at Martinsville last October (only 3 races).
    STREAKIN....Matt Kenseth has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races, Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator...UP: The Operator of the Week is....NOBODY! It takes a 20 position move for this esteemed honor, and Matt Kenseth (+18) gets honorable mention only. DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kasey Kahne (-35), followed by Ricky Rudd (-22).
    Rusty Wallace led today for the first time this season. Johnny Sauter led today for the first time in his career. We're up to 28 different leaders thus far this season.
    We had three drivers move up six spots in the standings after today. Sterling Marlin (16th to 10th), Rusty Wallace (23rd to 17th), and Ken Schrader (33rd to 27th) all made that improvement. We had the same number of drivers fall those same six spots. Kasey Kahne (5th to 11th), Ward Burton (14th to 20th), and Casey Mears (17th to 23rd) were on the negative side.(StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(3-28-2004)

  • Busch wins at Bristol: #97-Kurt Busch disobeyed his crew chief and then held off Rusty Wallace, a determined veteran whose mastery of Bristol Motor Speedway is legendary, to win the Food City 500 on Sunday. Wallace has won nine times at this track and tried desperately to make that 10 and snap a 103-race winless streak on Sunday, but the 25-year-old Busch is assembling a pretty good record here, too. Busch's victory was his third straight at Bristol and his fourth in the past five Nextel Cup events held here [It is Busch's 9th career win]. To get this one, Busch stayed on the track despite crew chief Jimmy Fennig's orders to come in on a caution flag with just more than 120 laps to go. Busch had pitted during a cycle of green-flag stops about 20 laps earlier and chose to stay out to gain track position. Eventually, that decision paid off. It got him the lead and he kept it despite a spate of late-race cautions, including one on Lap 493 that brought out a red flag on the last lap possible for NASCAR to use that to get a green-flag finish. The green flew again on Lap 498, leaving Wallace just two laps to try to dislodge Busch from the top spot. #29-Kevin Harvick ended up third with #40-Sterling Marlin and #17-Matt Kenseth fifth.
    It was a typical day at Bristol. #17-Matt Kenseth and #42-Jamie McMurray banged fenders coming to the checkered flag, with Kenseth getting fifth and McMurray sliding to eighth after going up the track in Turn 4. On the aptly-named cool-down lap, McMurray chased down Kenseth's Ford and hit him twice, finally spinning the #17 out near the entrance to pit road.(see full report at )
    Race results at:
    Jayski's Bristol Results Page

    NASCAR.com.(3-28-2004)

  • Driver Points Standings after Bristol:
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 898
    #97-Kurt Busch, 877, -21
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 857, -41
    #20-Tony Stewart, 804, -94
    #12-Ryan Newman, 788, -110
    For full standings, see:
    Jayski's Driver/Owners Points Standings after Bristol page

    NASCAR.com.(3-28-2004)

  • Minimum Speed for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway was mentioned on Fox Sports Net's NASCAR This Morning by Winston [or is it Nextel] Kelley, the times is 17.16 seconds or 111.818mph [a tad over 10% off Happy Hour].(3-28-2004)

  • To the Back: #31-Gordon had to change engines after practice on Friday and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday at Bristol.(3-26-2004)
    AND Heard #50-Cope is in a backup car. It was reported during FX's Happy Hour that #0-Ward Burton is in a back-up car, so he falls to the back. #10-Riggs wrecked in Happy Hour, but last heard the team was planning on fixing the car and NOT going to a backup.(3-28-2004)

  • Happy Hour Practice at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 is over. Fastest were:
    #25-Vickers, 122.968
    #22-Wimmer, 122.945
    #97-Busch, 122.937
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 122.921
    #9-Kahne, 122.795
    Slowest were #72-Shelmerdine, 99.730 and #80-Hillenburg, 101.745
    #10-Riggs got spun around by #20-Stewart and tagged the turn two wall with the left rear.
    Not sure what NASCAR will use as a minimum speed of the race, but reports last week had it as 15% off Happy Hour speeds [would be 106.9mph,] others have it at 80% of HH top speed [98.37mph].
    For speeds see ThatsRacin.com - Happy Hour speeds.(3-27-2004)

  • Saturday's First Practice at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 is over. Fastest were:
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 124.218
    #9-Kahne, 124.010
    #20-Stewart, 123.905
    #97-Busch, 123.786
    #6-Martin, 123.738
    Slowest were #72-Shelmerdine, 105.655 and #32-Ricky Craven,121.551
    Six teams didn't practice: #98 G. Bodine, #50-Cope, #94-Barrett, #09-Ruttman, #02-Sadler and #80-Hillenburg.
    For speeds see ThatsRacin.com - Sat Practice 1 speeds.(3-27-2004)

  • Newman on the pole: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 128.313mph, with #24-Jeff Gordon on the outside pole at 128.288. The pole is the 21st of Newman's career and 3rd of 2004. #9-Kasey Kahne was the fastest rookie at 127.860 and will start 5th. Using provisionals are #0-Burton, #09-Ruttman, #72-Shelmerdine, #02-Sadler, #80-Hillenburg. #89-Shepherd misses the race. #98-Geoffrey Bodine and #94-Stanton Barrett made the field on speed.
    Bristol Qualifying Results/Qualifying Results at:
    Jayski's Bristol Qualifying/Lineup Page - click here

    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(3-26-2004)

  • Bristol Qualfying Notes:
    * Ryan Newman won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Food City 500, lapping Bristol Motor Speedway in 14.954 seconds at 128.313 mph. Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 14.908 seconds, 128.709 mph - set March 23, 2003.
    * This is Newman's 21st career Bud Pole in 86 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came at Atlanta - two races ago.
    * It is Newman's third Bud Pole and fifth top-10 start in six races this season. He is tied with Greg Biffle and in leading the series with top-10 starts in 2004. It is Newman's second Bud Pole and his fourth top-10 start in five races at Bristol.
    * Jeff Gordon had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 14.957 seconds at 128.288 mph and will join Newman on the front row. It is his 20th top-10 start in his 23 races at Bristol. It is his 11th start on the front row at Bristol. It is his fourth top-10 start in 2004.
    * This is fifth Bud Pole for Dodge in 2004. Ford has one Bud Pole while Chevrolet and Pontiac still seek their first.
    * There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the last 10 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman (spring 2003 and 2004) and Jeff Gordon (both races in 2002 and fall 2003) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners in the 10-race period.
    * Greg Biffle (third) posted his fifth top-10 start in 2004. It is his first start better than 15th in his three races at Bristol.
    * Rusty Wallace (fourth) posted his third top-10 start in 2004 and his 28th in 41 races at Bristol.
    * Kasey Kahne (fifth) posted his fourth top-10 start in 2004 in his career first race at Bristol.
    * Kahne was joined by Brendan Gaughan (seventh) and Johnny Sauter (10th) as rookies with top-10 starts. It is the career-best start for both Gaughan and Sauter.
    * Ward Burton, Joe Ruttman, Kirk Shelmerdine and Hermie Sadler used provisionals to make the field while Andy Hillenburg [actually Hillenburg should be a provisional as he attempted his 4th race of 2004, he gets 2 and should be charged 1] relied on attempts to complete the 43-car field. Only one driver failed to qualify for the Food City 500: Morgan Shepherd. Larry Foyt withdrew before practice.
    * Four of the six NASCAR Winston Cup races at Bristol between 1991 and 1993 were won from the Bud Pole. In the 20 races since, Rusty Wallace (spring 1999 and fall 2000) and Jeff Gordon (fall 2002) are the only drivers to win from the Bud Pole.
    * The race has been won from the Bud Pole on 20 occasions at Bristol, the most of any starting position.
    * The furthest back in the field that a race winner has started was 38th by Elliott Sadler in the 2001 Food City 500.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-27-2004)

  • StockCarFans.Com - Ramblings - Bristol: When the calendar rolls around to Friday, there's usually one guy's picture on the top....Ryan Newman. Today, he was the calendar boy again! Newman took his 3rd Bud Pole of the season this afternoon for Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway....and as usual, it was fast. Ryan toured the World's Fastest Half-Mile in 14.954 seconds (thats 128.314 mph) to take his 21st career top-spot, bring his PPP (Phenomenal Pole Percentage) up to an amazing .244.
    He'll be joined on the front-row by Jeff Gordon, who had his best qualifying effort since he had the pole at another shortie, Martinsville Speedway last October.
    We had a wild start today. The car's of Larry Foyt and Jamie McMurray were confiscated by NASCAR before the first practice....Foyt didn't have a backup car set up to run here so he withdrew. McMurray is in a backup. Then we had three cars crash in quals. Kirk Shelmerdine, Ward Burton, and Derrike Cope all spun 'em around. Cope appeared to be the only driver that would need to go to a backup car, but we'll see.
    Brendan Gaughan (7th) has his career-best starting spot for Sunday. His previous best was 8th at Las Vegas earlier this month.
    Michael Waltrip (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th at Loudon last September.
    Johnny Sauter (10th) has his career-best starting spot as well for Sunday. His previous best was 20th at Chicagoland last July.
    Ricky Rudd (15th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 12th at Martinsville last October.
    Welcome Back: Geoffrey Bodine (34th....subbing for brother Todd) makes his first appearance since he started 27th and finished 39th last June at Michigan (in a substitute role for brother Brett that day).
    Stanton Barrett (38th) makes his first Cup appearance since he started 30th and finished 31st at Pocono in July of 1999!
    Hermie Sadler (42nd) will make his first Nextel Cup start of 2004 on Sunday.
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 11 Top-10 starts in the last 12 races. Greg Biffle has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    Kasey Kahne has 4 Top-5 starts in the last 5 races. Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    The Trouble Train was reduced to one when Foyt pulled out early today. Morgan Shepherd was the lone DNQ.
    Provisionals went to: Ward Burton, Joe Ruttman, Kirk Shelmerdine, Hermie Sadler, and Andy Hillenburg.
    Gotta think we'll see a quick whistle on the slow cars on Sunday, after what happened last week. This is another one of 'dem places where it's tough to pass, so they'll start yelling on the radio about lap 5 or so!(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(3-27-2004)

  • Pole Progression at Bristol: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #01-Joe Nemechek, 1st out to qualify, 125.535mph, starts 26th
    #38-Elliott Sadler, 4th out, 126.938, starts 9th
    #2-Wallace, 10th out, 128.074, starts 4th
    #12-Ryan Newman, 13th out, 128.313, starts 1st
    (3-26-2004)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #9-Kasey Kahne, , starts 5th
    #10-Scott Riggs, 125.461, starts 28th
    #22-Scott Wimmer, 126.204, starts 20th
    #25-Brian Vickers, 126.013, starts 22nd
    #30-Johnny Sauter, 126.854, starts 10th
    #77-Brendan Gaughan, , starts 7th
    (3-26-2004)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #31-Gordon had to change engines after practice on Friday and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag on Sunday.
    #50-Cope spun on his 2nd lap, got loose and nosed the car into the wall, doing quite some damage to the nose.
    #0-Burton lost it and slighlty kissed the wall with the right front end, very little damaged, will show no speed as Burton had already taken the green flag.
    #72-Shelmerdine spun on his 2nd lap and backed into thee wall and did some damage to the left rear end of the car.
    #38-Salder is running the Pedigree scheme.(3-26-2004)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #24-Jeff Gordon, 128.288, starts 2nd
    Dodge: #12-Ryan Newman, 128.313, starts 1st
    Ford: #16-Greg Biffle, 128.176, starts 3rd
    Pontiac: #02-Hermie Sadler, 122.827, starts 42nd prov
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(3-26-2004)

  • Friday Practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol is over, the fastest were:
    #24-Gordon, 127.843
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 127.580
    #16-Biffle, 127.461
    #38-Sadler, 127.174
    #9-Kahne, 127.123
    slowest are #72-Shelmerdine at 115.793 and #80-Hillenburg at 107.225.
    most laps run was #19-Mayfield with 67 and #18-Labonte at 53.
    Speed at or NASCAR.com and see my 2004 Practice Speeds/Links/Finish page.(3-26-2004)

  • Qualifying Order links are up and posted, see above for the links. 45 cars are listed but the #14 has withdrawn, so it'll be 44 making an attempt. First driver scheduled out is #01-Joe Nemechek. Last driver due out is #42-Jamie McMurray.(3-26-2004)

  • Bristol News, Notes and Facts: Bristol Domination: Kurt Busch has won three of the last four races at Bristol, including both races there in 2003.
    v Bud Pole Winners: The Bud Pole at Bristol was swept by the same driver in four of the last nine seasons. Jeff Gordon was the last driver to do so, winning both Bud poles in 2002. Rusty Wallace won both Bristol Bud poles in 1998 while Mark Martin did so in 1995 and 1996 when he won four straight Bristol poles.

    Don't Start outside the Top 15 at Bristol: Only six times in 86 races at Bristol has a driver started outside the top 15 and won at Bristol. All six have occurred in the last 10 years, with three of the six in just the last six races.

    Starting Up Front: Jeff Gordon has competed 22 races at Bristol. He started from the top 10 in 19 of those races, including 17 of the last 18 races there. He has started first or second in 10 races at Bristol. Gordon has won three Bud poles in his last four races at Bristol.

    Ford Dominates: A Ford has won six of the last eight races at Bristol, including both races there in 2003.

    Junior Johnson still Rules at Bristol: Junior Johnson-owned cars scored 20 victories at Bristol, clearly the most of any car owner. Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Roger Penske each have seven Bristol victories, the most of any active owner.

    Big Winners at Bristol: Darrell Waltrip scored 12 career victories at Bristol, the most of any driver in the 43-year history at Bristol. Rusty Wallace, Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt each scored nine Bristol victories. Waltrip scored seven straight victories at Bristol tying Richard Petty's seven victories at Richmond for the longest winning streak at a track in NASCAR history.

    Up Front at Bristol: Jeff Gordon has led at least one lap in his last six races at Bristol the only driver to do so. Gordon led 979 laps of the 3,000 laps raced (33 percent). No other driver has led in more than the last four races. Kurt Busch (371 of 2,000 laps) raced has led in each of the past four races. Gordon has led the most laps in four of the last five races at Bristol.

    Bristol Sweep: There have been 14 sweeps at Bristol since the track opened in 1961. Kurt Busch (2003) is the last driver to sweep both races at Bristol.

    And Beat Goes On: Sterling Marlin has been running at the finish in the last 23 races at Bristol, since August 1992.

    It's OK to win Your First Race at Bristol: Two of the last three Food City 500s were career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victories: Elliott Sadler (2001) and Kurt Busch (2002). Both won from the two lowest starting positions of any race winner at Bristol: Sadler 38th and Busch 27th. Other drivers who scored their career-first victories at Bristol were Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace and Ernie Irvan.
    Bristol Stompers:
    * Kurt Busch has finished sixth or better in the last four races at Bristol, including three victories.
    * Kevin Harvick has scored five straight top-10 finishes at Bristol.
    * Matt Kenseth has scored four straight top-10 finishes at Bristol.
    * Bobby Labonte has scored four top-10 finishes in the last five races at Bristol.
    * Jimmie Johnson has scored three top-10 finishes in the last four races at Bristol.
    Stomped at Bristol:
    * Mark Martin, who has scored two Bristol victories, has finished 23rd or worse in five of his last six races at Bristol.
    * Joe Nemechek has never scored a top-15 finish in 18 races at Bristol.
    * Tony Stewart has finished 15th or worse in five of his last six races at Bristol. His other finish was a victory there in August 2001.
    * Rusty Wallace has scored nine victories at Bristol. Wallace finished 14th and 43rd in 2003, the first season since 1984 that Wallace has not scored a top-10 finish in one of the two races at Bristol.
    2003 Short-track Standouts:
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. outscored all drivers on short tracks in 2003.
    * Jeff Gordon (Martinsville) and Kurt Busch (Bristol) each scored two victories in the six short-track races in 2003.
    * Joe Nemechek (first Richmond) and Ryan Newman (second Richmond) won the other two short-track races in 2003.
    * Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick each led at least one lap in all six short-track races in 2003.
    Rookies Learn the Bristol Stomp:
    * Dale Earnhardt scored his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory at Bristol in his rookie season in 1979. Other notable rookie finishes at Bristol
    * Morgan Shepherd finished fifth in March 1981.
    * Dick Trickle finished fifth in April 1989.
    * Tony Stewart finished fifth in August 1999.
    * Kevin Harvick finished second in August 2001.
    * Jamie McMurray finished third in August 2003.
    * Greg Biffle finished fifth in August 2003.
    (NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-25-2004)

  • 45 cars entered for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. 37 full-time teams and #02-Hermie Sadler, #09-Joe Ruttman, #14-Larry Foyt, #72-Kirk Shelmerdine, #80-Andy Hillenburg, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #94-Stanton Barrett, #98-Larry Gunselman.(3-22-2004)
    UPDATE Todd Bodine is now listed in the #98 Chevy.(3-24-2004)
    UPDATE 2: Gunselman back in the #98.(3-25-2004)

  • Entry List Links: NASCAR.com


  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A

  • Jayski's - 2004 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).

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
    NASCAR.com


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • National Anthem Today [stand up - hats OFF] The choir from Mountain Mission School in Grundy [TN] will sing the National Anthem before today’s Food City 500. Sullivan East’s band and choir performed before Saturday’s race.(Bristol Herald Courier)(3-28-2004)

  • U.S. Army NHRA Demo at Bristol: U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, will provide the spectators attending this weekend's Food City 500 here at Bristol Motor Speedway a little taste of what NHRA drag racing is all about. Schumacher, who currently leads the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel standings, will fire up his 8,000 horsepower U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster just prior to Sunday's Nextel Cup Series race in Thunder Valley. The NHRA makes its annual trip to Bristol Dragway, April 30-May 2, for the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals. The U.S. Army also sponsors the #01 MB2 Motorsports Chevy driven by Joe Nemechek.(US Army PR)(3-26-2004)

  • Bristol Police to crack down on Handicapped Fakers UPDATE: Bristol Tennessee Police warn anyone who plans to "borrow" any state parking permit issued to someone with special parking needs, such use could result in loss of the permit, a fine of up to $2,500 and up to 11 months and 29 days in the county jail. Police will be at Bristol Motor Speedway's South Entrance and Dragway Entrance during the upcoming Food City 500 race weekend (March 26-28) to monitor state-issued handicap parking permits and to enforce the Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 55-21-106. People using these permits should display the permit clearly, AND be prepared to show supporting paperwork identifying the person to whom the permit is issued, AND must provide a photo ID of the person to whom the permit is issued. If the permitted person is not in the car, Bristol Police plan to prosecute the offender and confiscate the permit. Obviously, the car will not be allowed to park in the Speedway's handicap-accessible lots.(BMS PR)(2-22-2004)
    UPDATE: Parking at Bristol Motor Speedway has become such a pain that some people have turned to the fraudulent use of handicap passes to get closer to the track. Not anymore, police and track officials say. Although it might only apply to a fraction of the 160,000 fans expected for the Sharpie 250 on Saturday and Food City 500 on Sunday, a crackdown is planned this weekend. Anyone who displays a handicap permit can be asked to show a photo ID. If someone is trying to park illegally, the pass will be confiscated and the person can be prosecuted. The fine is up to $2,500 and up 11 months and 29 days in jail. "We had some red flags go up last year," said Ben Trout, a senior manager for communications at Bristol Motor Speedway. "We have about 850 handicapped parking places on the premises and that exceeds the number we are required to have. Law enforcement officials from Sullivan County, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Vehicle Enforcement, FBI and National Guard will be on duty, track officials said.(Knoxville News-Sentinel)(3-25-2004)

  • State hopes to sideline BMS e-scalping: Tennessee lawmakers soon could put the brakes on Bristol Motor Speedway ticket scalpers. Selling BMS tickets for more than face value anywhere in the state would become illegal July 1 and carry a fine of up to $5,000 under legislation pending before the General Assembly in Nashville. The bill is an attempt to halt ticket scalping on eBay, an online auction service, according to legislators and a BMS official. The sold-out Food City 500 is one of the hottest tickets in NASCAR’s Nextel Cup Series. On Monday afternoon, eBay had more than 130 listings for "Food City 500" tickets, and more than 400 for "Bristol tickets," including the Busch Series Sharpie 250 and August Nextel and Busch races. A city ordinance enacted five years ago bans all ticket scalping inside the city, carries a fine of up to $50 and allows tickets to be confiscated.(Bristol Herald Courier)(3-23-2004)

  • Congressman Named Food City 500 Grand Marshal: On Sunday, March 28, U.S. Representative Rick Boucher (D-Ninth) will have the honor of broadcasting the four most famous words in motorsports at the 2004 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway - "Gentlemen, start your engines!" Boucher, an 11-term congressman, has been chosen by Food City as this year's Grand Marshal. He will officially send a field of 43 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers off for the start of the Food City 500 at the "world's fastest half-mile" in Bristol, TN. "Congressman Boucher is the perfect choice for our 2004 Grand Marshal because he represents every community where we operate Food City stores in Virginia," said Steve Smith, chief executive officer and president of K-VA-T Food Stores Inc., Food City's parent company headquartered in Abingdon, Va. "We see the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee and Virginia as one not divided by state lines but a single contiguous region. While Bristol Motor Speedway is in Tennessee, Bristol is a town that is loyal to both Virginia and Tennessee residents." By naming Boucher its Grand Marshal, Food City recognizes his 22 years of diligence and commitment to the people of the ninth congressional district.(PR)(3-23-2004)


    (Saturday, March 20, 2004) - Workers dismantle Bristol's old scoring tower on Saturday afternoon. A new, 125-ft. tall tower now stands in the BMS infield, which in addition to scoring the top-12 positions, will be topped with four 27' x 20' video screens and will carry NEXTEL Vision during the venue's NASCAR race weekends. The screen, visible to the 160,000 fans expected for the Food City 500, will bring spectators closer to racing action, pre-race ceremonies and victory lane celebrations. (BMS Photo)(3-23-2004)

  • Food City Family Race Night - Kingsport: NASCAR will invade the Tri-Cities and kicking off the Food City 500/Sharpie Professional 250 race weekend will be Food City Family Race Night. The event will be held at the MeadowView Conference and Convention Center on Thursday, March 25, 2004. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. and concluding at 9:00 p.m., the event is packed full of racing fun for fans of all ages.
    A list of driver appearances from the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series highlight the event; along with the highly popular Fast Talk Live radio show hosted by the Performance Radio Network. The show will interview several drivers in attendance and will begin at 7:00 p.m. from the main stage in the convention center.
    "Our Kingsport Food City Family Race Night is always a fan favorite and we enjoy being able to bring the fans and drivers together," stated Tom Hembree senior vice-president of marketing.
    In addition to driver autograph appearances, fans should expect to see show cars, driving simulators, racing souvenir sales, free food sampling and live entertainment. These are just a few of the items sure to get fans ready for a great weekend of racing action at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    The list of 30-plus drivers appearing includes Terry Labonte, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Joe Nemechek, Scott Wimmer, Greg Biffle and Casey Mears from the Nextel Cup Series. David Green, Kyle Busch, David Stremme, Jason Keller and Stacy Compton are just a few of the long list of Busch Series drivers participating.
    Tom Hembree, Food City senior vice president, said, "Fans are very interested in knowing which drivers will be appearing at Food City Family Race Night. The final list is never actually completed until the day of the event and we advise everyone to check out our web page www.foodcity.com for daily updates."
    Food City has always turned proceeds from Food City Family Race Night events over to local charities and this year is no exception. Keep Kingsport Beautiful and Santa Train have been named as the recipients of the proceeds generated by the 2004 event.
    "Food City prides itself on community involvement and Food City Family Race Night is just another way we give back to the communities we serve," commented Steve Smith, president and chief executive officer.
    Advance tickets are on sale at select Food City stores for $4.00. Tickets will be sold on the day of the event for $5.00 with children under 12 admitted free. Media sponsors for the event are WJHL NewsChannel 11, Kingsport Times News and the Johnson City Press.

  • Construction at Bristol: A variety of ongoing construction projects geared toward enhancing fans' Bristol Motor Speedway experience, continues to keep workers busy as the venue's 2004 season rapidly approaches. Projects include a new building complete with ticket office, gift shop, Fan Zone and banquet facilities. Also, a new infield video and scoring tower and a fan care center with handicap-accessible restrooms make the project list. In addition to office space, the 36,000 sq. ft. building will see the entire first floor constructed with fans chief in mind. Covering 17,336 sq. ft., the first floor will feature a lobby area, guest services center, new ticket office and souvenir shop with four times the square footage as the current store. Also, the interactive Fan Zone will provide visitors the opportunity to learn more about Bristol Motor Speedway, the Dragway and the history of motorsports as it relates to Bristol. The Fan Zone, open year-round, will feature touch screen video and audio kiosks, a motorsports art gallery, show cars, driving simulators and much more. The third floor will consist of an indoor (7,251 sq. ft.) banquet and meeting room as well as an outdoor terrace (2,272 sq. ft.) for community activities. Officials expect a July completion on the building.
    Ready for the upcoming March race weekend, a new 120-ft. tall video and scoring tower will grace the Speedway infield. Topped with four 20' x 27' jumbo screens, fans will see every dramatic replay from on-track action as well as pre-race activities and victory lane celebrations. The tower, boasting a four-sided state-of-the-art LED lighting system, also will track the top-twelve running positions, with two additional spots that will scroll through the remainder of the race's running order.
    Located just outside the Kulwicki Grandstand and near the souvenir vending area, fans will find new Fan Care Center with handicap-accessible restrooms. Other construction projects in the works include a new ticket booth at Gate 8, re-routing power lines in the display area, a new bridge in Hospitality Village and new gate signage, some of which will be in place for the March race weekend. Fans also can look for a new Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway marquee sign at the venue's main entrance later this year. Additionally, construction will reach beyond the fans with the addition of a new infield hospital in 2004.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(1-29-2004)

  • Camping at Bristol: Blue Ox, a company specializing in steering, towing, hitching, and braking products, will serve as the official campground sponsor during Bristol Motor Speedway's 2004 NASCAR race weekends. The Blue Ox Campground at Bristol Dragway will play host to more than 1,200 campers and RVs during the March and August events. More than 55 percent of Bristol race fans stay in campgrounds, both on and surrounding Speedway property during the race weekends according to a Bristol Chamber of Commerce survey. Sponsorship elements in the agreement with Blue Ox include campground naming rights, signage opportunities and race weekend display space. In addition to its backing of Bristol's Blue Ox Campground, the company also maintains a racing program with Ward Burton, driver of the Haas CNC Racing entry in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series. For more information on Blue Ox and its racing involvement please visit www.blueoxracing.com. For corporate information on Blue Ox and its line of products, log on to www.blueox.us.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(12-3-2003)

  • Sharpie to sponsor March Bristol Busch Race: Sharpie values its relationship with Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) and race fans, so much in fact, the popular brand of permanent markers today announced it has inked a three-year title sponsorship of yet another major event at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” The “Sharpie Professional 250” is now the March stop for the Busch Grand National Series at BMS and will be headlined by the next generation product from the leader in permanent markers - the Sharpie Professional - a rugged new chisel tip marker that writes on wet and oily surfaces. Sharpie is also the title sponsor of the Sharpie 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup event at BMS, the premiere summer night race. Sharpie recently extended its sponsorship of the August race through 2008. Sharpie is planning the race week's activities now that will include 40th anniversary festivities, sampling of the new markers, multiple interactive areas, exciting consumer promotions and the return of BMS defending champion Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Sharpie Ford. "We have won three out of the last four times at Bristol," said Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 97 Sharpie Ford in the Winston Cup series. "I look forward to seeing if another Busch - my brother Kyle - can sign victory lane at the Sharpie Professional 250. Sharpie is such a great sponsor to be aligned with since they truly focus their efforts on the fans." The Sharpie Professional marker, in stores in December, comes in 1-, 2- and 3-packs (black, blue and red) and starts at a suggested retail price of $2.09. For more information on Sharpie and Sharpie racing, visit Sharpie.com.(Sanford North America PR)(11-11-2003)

  • Bristol Sold Out in 2004: With all single-event tickets sold and more than enough entries in hand for a season-ticket lottery, Bristol Motor Speedway this week became the first Speedway to declare sellouts for its 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events. Food City 500 tickets sold out last week, marking the first time that single-event tickets to the Speedway's spring race sold out more than six months before the event. A 100 percent renewal in Sharpie 500 tickets confirmed another sell-out for the August night race classic. After current ticket holders exercised their options to renew tickets, the ticket office offered any non-renewed tickets to the public through a mail-in-only ticket lottery, but accepted no multiple entries. Ticket office employees began drawing envelopes Tuesday morning to fulfill requests of new Bristol ticket buyers, who were limited to no more than four tickets. By day's end, all tickets were sold. New Food City 500 ticket holders will be notified by mail only. Non-renewed season tickets for 2004 will be sold using the same process. Season ticket entries must be received before Oct. 1.(BMS PR)(10-1-2003)

  • No action taken on redevelopment study [around BMS]: The city's Housing and Redevelopment Authority took no action Tuesday on a controversial redevelopment study, but those who would be affected by it said they believe its outcome already has been decided. Earlier this month, the City Council approved conducting a study of about 50 acres across Volunteer Parkway from Bristol Motor Speedway. The study would consider land use and determine whether the area -- which includes six businesses that employ about 60 people -- could be better used for other purposes. Property owners have called it a land grab on behalf of the speedway and claim the city wants to push them out. The board wasn't prepared to act Tuesday.(more at the Bristol Herald Courier)(9-24-2003)

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


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • Labonte better the he started, only one: Through the first five races of the 2004 schedule, #5-Terry Labonte is the only driver who has finished in a higher position than he started in each event. Labonte is the lone Hendrick Motorsports driver without a DNF (did not finish) through the first five races of the season. By running to the end of the March 28 event at Darlington, Labonte extended his series-high streak of consecutive races without a DNF to 47. The last time he failed to complete a race was in October 2002 at Talladega Superspeedway. The modern-era record is 56 in a row, set by Gordon in 2001-02.(Hendrick Motorsports PR)(3-25-2004)

  • #42 and #14 Car Seized by NASCAR; #14 Team Goes Home: NASCAR on Friday morning confiscated the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge driven by Jamie McMurray, when it failed to meet the X-measurement of the rear window. The violation is similar to those made by the teams of Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch last season, which resulted in NASCAR confiscating both cars. NASCAR spokesman Mize Zizzo said NASCAR will tow the No. 42 and No. 14 back to its research and development center in Concord, NC, for evaluation. And additional penalties will be forthcoming after the race weekend, Zizzo said. Following the inspection process, the car was placed alongside the NASCAR hauler and the team brought out a backup car. The backup car has never been run. "You definitely don't bring your best aero car to Bristol, but the first time NASCAR checked the X-measurement - the same measurement they got Tony Stewart for and Kyle Busch - it showed to be too much," said team manager Andy Graves. "Right now we're trying to figure out what happened, if it was a mistake on our part or if a mistake made in measuring the first time. We're going to have them measure it again." Graves said the #41 and #40 Dodges, driven by Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Casey Mears and Sterling Marlin, respectively, both measured correctly. The X-measurement is taken diagonally from each the top corner of the rear window to the bottom corner of the opposite side. "It shows three-quarters (of an inch) more than any car we've ever had, so we're kind of baffled by it," Graves said.
    #14 Seized too: Larry Foyt's #14 Dodge car failed to pass inspection a first time and his crew worked on the problem areas before returning to the inspection line. When the Dodge failed the final time, the car was seized by officials. The Foyt team had only a speedway car on hand as a backup, so they decided not to make a qualifying attempt for Sunday's Food City 500.()
    AND The #42 Havoline Dodge was confiscated during the first inspection at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday for being five-eighths of an inch off of the X-measurement. NASCAR uses the X-measurement -- that gauges the length of the rear window from corner to corner to determine the off-set of the decklid to the roof. "The car was in line this morning and they just pulled it to the side," says Ganassi team manager Andy Graves. "I don't understand. We had to make updates, but the roofline and the decklid is the same as last year." When driver Jamie McMurray arrived at the track Friday morning, he described the situation as "puzzling". He added that it did not make sense to bring an illegal car to the track, especially at Bristol where little if any aerodynamic advantage can be gleaned. "We raced this car like seven times last year," McMurray says. "So it's a bit confusing." Crew chief Donnie Wingo agreed that the situation was "confusing" since this was the primary short track car the team used last year. "I'm just frustrated," Wingo says. "At least we have another good car in the trailer and we'll have one sent from the shop this afternoon."(FoxSports/Sporting News)(3-26-2004)

  • Foyt at Bristol and Texas UPDATE: #14-Larry Foyt will attempt to make the Nextel Cup races at Bristol and Texas. The team is still looking for a sponosr for both races.(3-23-2004)
    UPDATE: After nearly a month off, Larry Foyt returned to the cockpit of the A.J. Foyt Racing Dodge when he tested March 16th and 17th at Texas Motor Speedway. Foyt plans to compete in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend and the Samsung/RadioShack 500 on April 4th. "Our test at Texas went pretty decent," Foyt said. "We weren't the fastest car there but we were only two to three tenths off guys like Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. We didn't do any qualifying runs, we were in race trim the whole time. On the second day, the wind came up in the afternoon so we quit early. We only had the one car and we were happy with where we were running so I didn't want to take any chances." Foyt is running a limited schedule this year because the team is without primary sponsorship. "We've been looking but it's been a challenge in this economy," said team owner A.J. Foyt. "Right now I'm running Larry out of my pocket basically, so we have to pick and choose our races. I hope we can find a major sponsor soon." Foyt's son competed in his first Daytona 500 in February and finished 28th. He started 41st and had quickly moved into the top 25 but then he had to pit with a misfire in the power plant. The team's engine specialist diagnosed the problem as a loose spark plug wire which was fixed and Foyt returned to the race. He competed in the next race at Rockingham, N.C. and finished 32nd after struggling with the car's handling. "It was a tough weekend but we brought the car home in one piece." Foyt is currently 43rd in the driver standings after competing in just two of the five races run to date.(Foyt Racing PR)(3-24-2004)

  • Ward Burton teams up with Blue Ox [where is Paul Bunyan?] Ward Burton and Blue Ox Towing products of Pender, Nebraska have formed a marketing relationship with Burton endorsing Blue Ox products. Blue Ox is the industry leader in towing equipment for recreational vehicles. The partnership is a natural fit for both parties, with Burton using Blue Ox products on his motor coach to travel the country. Blue Ox offers not only the most reliable towing products in the industry, but the most thorough, responsive service as well. They prove it 24 hours a day through a toll-free, 24-7 hotline, 1-888-425-5382. Recreational vehicle enthusiasts can call this number to talk to a Blue Ox customer care representative who’s trained to answer all types of towing and braking equipment questions. Blue Ox has multiple racing related programs and sponsorships for 2004. Blue Ox has teamed up with Haas CNC Racing and will be associate sponsors for both the #0 NEXTEL Cup car, driven by Burton, and the team’s #00 Busch Series car, driven by Jason Leffler, for both the spring and fall Bristol, Tenn. races. Blue Ox will also be sponsoring a campground for the March 28, 2004 Food City 500 and the August 28, 2004 Sharpie 500 racing weekends at Bristol Motor Speedway. There will also be Blue Ox highway signs, and public address announcements each day. In addition, throughout the racing season Blue Ox will be hosting special events and opportunities to meet Ward Burton. For more information on Blue Ox and its racing involvement please visit www.blueoxracing.com.(PR)(3-23-2004)

  • Teen who helps others, joins forces with Kyle: Zach Frye was eight years old when he met Kyle Petty on a South Carolina beach 10 years ago. Petty was vacationing, gathering sand dollars with his daughter Montgomery Lee. Kyle invited Zach to join them. A decade later, that chance meeting paid dividends to needy Bristol-area citizens. Over the next 10 years, Zach followed Kyle's career, particularly Petty's charitable work in the Bristol area. Petty's successful "Race To End Hunger" food drive collected thousands of pounds of food for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.
    Zach picked up where Petty left off, and he created a highly-successful food drive of his own. Next week at Bristol, Petty will meet Zach again as the Blountville, Tenn., youth serves as an honorary member Kyle Petty's #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawney Dodge crew.
    Last year, the Sullivan Central High School (Blountville, Tenn.) running back and basketball player took time away from school and athletics to generate publicity and gather food at his school and at a Food City store located near Bristol Motor Speedway. He collected more than 4,000 pounds of canned goods for Bristol Emergency Food Pantry.
    Though he wants the spotlight on his cause and not himself, his efforts attracted several honors this year, including one from The White House. Frye received the "President's Award for Student Service," as well as the 2004 "Civic Responsibility and Outstanding Character Award" and the "National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award." What he really wants is to tell Kyle Petty about his successful food drive and how meeting him 10 years ago put him on track to achieve his goals of service to others.
    Petty and his Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge crew more than welcome Frye to the team for the Food City 500 at Bristol. "The ripple theory - one pebble in a pond creates ripples that go forever - really came into play here, but you need young people with Zach's compassion and willingness to help others to make it work," Petty said. "A lot of cool things happen in a race car driver's life, but something like this is pretty hard to top. Somebody told me Zach had said it was a real honor to be in our pit at Bristol. Let me tell you, it's an honor to us to have him there," Petty added.(Williams Company PR)(3-23-2004)

  • East Tennessee Trailers to Sponsor Hermie Sadler at Bristol: #02-Hermie Sadler, who will make his first start of the season in the NEXTEL Cup Series in the Food City 500 in Bristol, will do so with sponsorship from East Tennessee Trailers [ettrailers.com], LLC, a trailer manufacturing company located in Oneida, TN. Sadler, who made ten Cup starts in 2003, is excited about his first race of 2004, especially at Bristol. "Bristol is a great place to race, and we hope that our Nextel Cup program will help gather more information to help our Busch Series team as well," stated Sadler. Sadler also says he is looking forward to representing East Tennessee Trailers, a company that SCORE Motorsports is a customer of. "We have two East Tennessee Trailers that we use for our show car program and our Late Model "Drive for Diversity" program. The trailers are beautiful and affordable and value driven. It is great to be able to represent sponsors whose products you use and believe in. We are looking forward to giving them a good run," he added. For more information on East Tennessee Trailers, visit www.ettrailers.com or call them at 423-286-9700. Hermie Sadler also plans to visit the employees of East Tennessee Trailers on March 25 in Oneida prior to the race.(SCORE Motorsports)(3-16-2004)

  • See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #10-Scott Riggs Harlem Globetrotters Bristol - Mar #10 Paint Scheme Page
    #18-Bobby Labonte Wellbutrin XLT Bristol - Mar #10 Paint Scheme Page
    #21-Ricky Rudd Rent-A-Center Bristol - March
    #38-Elliott Sadler Pedigree Bristol - March
    #77-Brendan Gaughan The Punisher Bristol - Mar #77 Paint Scheme Page
    #97-Kurt Busch 40th Anniversary Sharpies Bristol - March


  • Busch Scheme at Bristols: #97-Kurt Busch will be driving a Sharpie 40th Anniversary paint scheme at both Bristol Races this year.(3-22-2004)

  • Rent-A-Center on the #21 at Bristol: After making its inaugural NASCAR appearance in 2003, Rent-A-Center, Inc. returns as a proud sponsor of Ricky Rudd's #21 team and Wood Brothers Racing for the second year. Rent-A-Center has long been the leading rent-to-own retailer in the nation, with more than 2,600 stores in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Now NASCAR fans nationwide can watch the Rent-A-Center car in its first 2004 race on March 28, in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. In addition to the race in Bristol, Ricky Rudd is scheduled to appear at a Rent-A-Center store in Bristol Thursday, March 25. Racing fans will have the opportunity to get autographed photos and take pictures with Rudd. The store is located at 1326 Volunteer Parkway in Bristol. Fans can also purchase exclusive RAC Racing/Ricky Rudd T-shirts, caps and other souvenir merchandise at any Rent-A-Center location. For more information about Rent-A-Center, see their Web site at www.rentacenter.com.(Campbell Co PR)(3-20-2004)

  • Harlem Globetrotters paint scheme on the #10 at Bristol: Scott Riggs and the Valvoline team will pay tribute to the flash and dash of the Harlem Globetrotters with a specially prepared red, white and blue paint scheme on the #10 Chevy for the March 28 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The spirited paint scheme will have a resemblance to the Globetrotters uniform and will also feature a red, white and blue Globetrotters basketball on the hood. It's only fitting the legendary Harlem Globetrotters, who have dazzled millions of fans throughout the world, will be the first professional basketball team to ever adorn a racecar in NASCAR's 56-year history. The Globetrotters join the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals as the only professional sports franchises to decorate cars in a NASCAR event. Diecast models of the Harlem Globetrotters car are available at www.valvolineproducts.com. Two members of the Globetrotters team will be at Bristol to promote the event with Riggs and the Valvoline team. The Harlem Globetrotters have played in 117 countries and in front of 120 million fans worldwide. In 2002, the organization was only the fifth team to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; followed by an induction into the Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. The Globetrotters have also been recognized as the most popular sports team by the 2002, 2000 and 1999 Q Ratings. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters and to purchase team merchandise, visit the team's official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.(MBV Motorsports PR), see image on my #10 Cup Schemes page.(3-17-2004)

  • Gaughan the Punisher: Marvel’s underground super hero, The Punisher, comes to the big screen in April 2004. To celebrate the nationwide theatrical release, Kodak & #77 Penske/Jasper Racing will run a special paint scheme during the NEXTEL Cup event in Bristol on March 28. This paint scheme will feature The Punisher and character and have an edgy design highlighted by black and red paint splatters.(3-5-2004)

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


SOME NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • 47 and counting: after finishing the Cup race at Darlington, #5-Terry Labonte is now carrying a string of 47 consecutive races without a DNF (did not finish), the longest current streak in NEXTEL Cup. The modern-era record is 56 straight, set by Jeff Gordon in 2001-02. Labonte was one of only two drivers who completed all 36 races last season, the other being Kevin Harvick.(HMS PR)(3-22-2004)


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