THE RACE: Sharpie 500
Nextel Cup Race #24 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Saturday, August 28, 2004 in Bristol, TN
- TV: TNT 7:30pm/et
- Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: TNT - 7:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, September 1 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
Thursday, September 2 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
Friday, September 3 [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 many guests
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,820,438 (was $5,288,972 in 2003)
- Practice: Friday, August 27, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Friday, August 27, 4:50 - 5:35pm/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Friday, August 27, 6:10 - 6:55pm/et on TV-TNT at 7:00pm/et via tape.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 27, 10:20am/et
- Qualfying Order Links: moved to the race results section below
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, August 27 at 3:10pm/et, TV-TNT live, no re-air, live via radio at PRN 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:
0.533-mile concrete oval
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
Pit Road Speed: 35 mph
See below for special Bristol pit road rules.
- Track Website: Bristol Motor Speedway
- Sponsor Website: Sharpie500.com
- June's Race: see my 2004 March Bristol Race Info page
- Last Year: see my 2003 Sharpie 500 Race Info page
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Tire Codes: Left - D-6826; Right - D-6828
Tire 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 - 1,500, Right - 1,500
Busch Series: Left - 325, Right - 325
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 - 38 psi
Right Rear - 35 psi
Notes: This is the combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams ran at Bristol in March . . . Cup teams have also run this combination earlier this season at Las Vegas, Pocono and Indianapolis, making this the sixth and final race with these codes in 2004 . . . 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, said, "Coming into this season, Bristol was scheduled for one of the most dramatic tire set-up changes over 2003. The new set-up features our new, softer construction package and softer compounds on both sides. We saw good performance earlier this season at Bristol, and we expect more of the same this weekend."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Bristol 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, Pocono, August 2004, $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 Michigan: $5,000
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*
(* 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 6
WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO
IN-CAR AUDIO SITES
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Dale Jr wins at Bristol, sweeps Busch and Cup race: On the fifth anniversary of one of his legendary father's most infamous victories, Dale Earnhardt Jr. mostly stayed out of trouble Saturday night to win the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Earnhardt Jr. completed a sweep of the weekend's races at this .533-mile track, adding his first Nextel Cup victory since Richmond in early May to his win in Friday night's Busch Series race. It was the first Cup-Busch weekend sweep ever at Bristol. Earnhardt Jr. took the lead by passing Jeff Burton on Lap 415 and took off from there, winning by 4.4 seconds over Ryan Newman. Earnhardt Jr. led 295 laps in winning for the fourth time this year [and 13th of his career]. It was on Aug. 28, 1999, that seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt bumped Terry Labonte off Turn 2 on the final lap and went on to win for the ninth and final time in his career at this track amid a shower of boos from the grandstands. As important as the victory was to Earnhardt Jr., Newman's runner-up finish was big for him, too. It vaulted him from 13th in the standings to 10th, the final spot guaranteed to qualify for the 10-race championship chase that commences after the next two races at California and Richmond. Newman is now 26 points ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne. Only 45 total points separates Newman from 15th-place Dale Jarrett. Jimmie Johnson, meanwhile, also steadied his ship with a third-place finish after coming home 36th or worse in the past three races and losing what had been a 232-lead in the standings before that slide. He did it in a backup Chevrolet after crashing his primary car in practice here on Friday. Burton, in just his second race after switching rides, held on for fourth in the #30 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. Elliott Sadler, seventh in the standings coming in, rebounding from his worst finish of the season last weekend at Michigan to get fifth and further secure his status for the championship chase. Jeff Gordon had the pole and led through a trio of early yellow flags before making his first pit stop. That put Rusty Wallace and Earnhardt Jr., who'd both come in for stops on the earlier yellows, in front when the green flew on Lap 62.()
See race results at:
Jayski's Bristol Race Results/Awards page
- Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Bristol page
- NOTE: didn't do a Semi-Live Bristol racepage as I usually do for the races, two reasons:
1) was on travel to NJ to haelp out with family
2) action is too fast to keep track up, even semi-live.(8-28-2004)
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Bristol - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
Caution 9: #24-Gordon, 14th
Caution 8: #12-Newman, 2nd
Caution 7: #30-Burton, 4th
Caution 6: #38-Sadler, 5th
Caution 5: #32-Craven, 34th
Caution 4: #98-Cope, 38th
Caution 3: #45-Petty, 37th
Caution 2: none awarded.
Caution 1: none awarded.(8-28-2004)
- Lap leaders at Bristol:
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (295, led most and halfway)
#50-T. Bodine (3)
- Four Drivers attempted the 'Triple' at Bristol [three did it]:
Four drivers will attempt to make all three national NASCAR races at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend:
Kevin Harvick: #29 Cup [starts 21st, finished 24th], #21 Busch [started 4th, finished 4th], #92 Trucks [started 6th, finished 5th]
Robby Gordon: #31 Cup [18th, 12th], #55 Busch [20th, 39th], #47 Trucks [23rd, 4th]
Brad Teague: #92 Cup [withdrew, DNQ'd in the #72], #52 Busch [DNQ], #90 Trucks [30th, 34th]
Carl Edwards: #99 Cup [25th, 33rd], #03 Busch [14th, 19th], #99 Trucks [5th, WON].(8-24/27-2004)
- Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Bristol: We had a wierd race tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway, but at the end we had a very deserving winner. The first 100 laps or so of the Sharpie 500 had five cautions....then we ran the next 230 laps under green. Another 100 laps of caution-filled racing, then a sprint to the finish. When the smoke cleared (including the fire under his car from the
burnout), Dale Earnhardt Jr was standing in a Victory Lane that probably means almost as much to him as the one in Daytona! At a
track where he saw his father dominate, Jr. led the final 85 laps and pulled away to a 4.390 second victory (that's 1/4 lap at this bull
ring). Leading six times for 295 circuits for his 4th win of the season, this gives Little E his 13th career win (he's tied for 43rd on the all-time win list with Dick Rathman and Tim Richmond), and the 3rd short-track win of his career. Win #19 for DEI was worth $322,443
from the over $5.8M in posted awards (the only thing small about this place is the track length).
Lotsa best sinces this week....
Ryan Newman (2nd) had his best finish since he won at Michigan in June.
Jeff Burton (4th) had his best finish since he was 4th at Dover in June. And, that finish for the #30 car of Richard Childress is their best
since Jeff Green brought it home 3rd at Richmond in September of 2002.
Sterling Marlin (6th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Michigan in June.
Scott Riggs (17th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Pocono in June.
Ward Burton (18th) had his best finish since he was 17th at Pocono in June.
Todd Bodine (23rd) had his best finish since he was 11th at Homestead last November.
Kenny Wallace (25th) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Homestead last November (only 3 races).
Mike Wallace (28th) had his best finish since he was 26th at Phoenix last November (only 4 races).
Derrike Cope (38th) had his best finish since he was 34th at Lowe's in May (only 4 races).
STREAKIN....Kurt Busch has 4 Top-10's in a row.
Matt Kenseth has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+29), followed by Scott Riggs (+22). DOWN: We have no Big Dropper this week....honorable mention goes to Kasey Kahne (-19). It takes a 20 position move for full recognition in this corner.
It can't get much tighter for the final transfer spot to the "Chase". We've got 8 drivers (8th to 15th) within 50 points of each other...and
five of those guys are gonna be left out! Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr have all clinched spots in the "Chase" (gotta wonder how thats gonna change their mindset the next couple weeks), while Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth are virtual locks. Kurt Busch and Elliott Sadler are also just about set as well.
Jeff Gordon's lead over Jimmie Johnson was trimmed to 24 markers tonight. No spot in the Top-9 changed hands, but Ryan Newman regained that all important 10th spot in the standings with a three position move forward. The only multiple position drop in the Top-30 went to Rusty Wallace (19th to 21st).(Stock Car Fans Nextel Cup Newsletter)(8-29-2004)
- Happy Hour Practice for Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Sharpies 500 is over. The fastest were:
slowest were: #37-Lepage 118.277 and #4-Spencer 119.507
no speed listed for #9-Kahne, #77-Gaughan [getting cars fixed].
Most laps run: #0-Burton, 94; #6-Martin, 89
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(8-27-2004)
- TO THE BACK : #15-Michael Waltrip, wrecked at the end of his first qualifying lap and backed into the turn one wall hard, and will have to go to a backup car, Waltrip was to start 36h.
#48-Jimmie Johnson spun around in practice and clipped the rear of the car.
So they will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race.(8-27-2004)
- Practice incidents: heard on XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 144, #48-Jimmie Johnson spun around in practice and clipped the rear of the car and it is reported that he will go to a backup car. #9-Kasey Kahne pancaked the right side of the car, but the team will fix the car and Kahne will not need to go to a backup car.(8-27-2004)
- 2nd Friday practice for the Sharpies 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over. The fastest were:
slowest were: #37-Lepage 119.770 and #4-Spencer 120.770
no speed listed for #77-Gaughan, #98-Cope and #89-Shepherd.
Most laps run: #6-Martin, 74; #22-Wimmer, 61
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(8-27-2004)
- Jeff Gordon wins pole at Bristol: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budwesier Pole for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, his 6th pole of 2004, 4th pole at Bristol and 52nd of his career. #9-Kasey Kahne is on the outside pole, the rest of the top five are #40-Marlin, #12-Newman and #42-McMurray. Missing the race are: #02-Sadler, #80-Ave, #08-McGlynn, #72-Teague and #52-Barrett. Part-timers making it in include #37-Kevin Lepage who starts 29th, #00-Kenny Wallace, 28th; and #51-Tony Raines starts 33rd.
For starting lineups/qualifying results, see
Jayski's Sharpie 500 Qualifying / Grid page
- Bristol Qualifying News Notes: Jeff Gordon won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Sharpie 500, lapping Bristol Motor Speedway in 14.930 seconds at 128.520 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 14.908 seconds, 128.709 mph, set March 21, 2003.
This is Gordon's 52nd career Bud Pole in 389 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came at Chicago on July 9, six races ago. He moved into seventh on the all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole List, breaking a tie with Bobby Isaac.
It is Gordon's 15th top-10 start this season, tied for second with Dale Earnhardt Jr. It is also Gordon's fourth Bud Pole in 24 races at Bristol and his third straight in the night race. He has started on the front-row in the last six races at Bristol.
This is ninth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2004. Dodge has 11 Bud Poles and Ford has two.
There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the last 11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway but only two in the past six. Jeff Gordon (both Bud Poles in 2002, fall 2003 and this race) and Ryan Newman (spring 2003 and 2004) the only repeat Bud Pole winner in the 10-race period. In the 20 races at Bristol, since 1995, two drivers have won half of the Bud Poles: Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace (five each).
Four ofthe six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Bristol between 1991 and 1993 were won from the Bud Pole. In the 21 races since, Rusty Wallace (spring 1999 and fall 2000) and Jeff Gordon (fall 2002) are the only drivers to win at Bristol from the Bud Pole.(NASCAR Statistical Services )(8-27-2004)
- Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Bristol: Jeff Gordon ran a time almost identical to the one he ran in practice, and it was good enough for the Bud Pole for tomorrow night's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Gordon's 128.520 mph (14.930 sec) gave him his 6th pole of the 2004 season, the 52nd of his Cup career, and his 4th at BMS. Typical Bristol qualifying today....tough, tight, fast, and crumpled. The 38 cars that qualified on time were separated by less than 1/2 second,and we had more than our norm when it came to the spin cycle. #80-Tony Ave wiped out coming off turn 4, and #15-Michael Waltrip totaled one in a wreck that lasted from before the start/finish line all the way to between turns one and two! He'll go to a backup for the race. Throw in a pancake job for #77-Brendan Gaughan as well and the body boyz have got work to do.
#40-Sterling Marlin (3rd) has his best starting spot since he led 'em to the green at Darlington in September of 2002! But, qualifying was rained out that weekend and we lined up by points, so this is his best qualifying run on time since he started 3rd at Talladega in October of 2001!
#6-Mark Martin (7th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Infineon in June.
#31-Robby Gordon (18th) had his best qualifying run since he started 5th at Michigan in June.
STREAKIN....Elliott Sadler has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
Tony Stewart has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
(Stock Car Fans Nextel Cup Newsletter)(8-28-2004)
- Some Jayski Qualifying Notes:
#80-Ave crashed at the end of his 1st qualifying lap and nosed into the front stretch inside wall, doing major damage to the front of the car.
#08-Ryan McGlynn never made a lap as the car died and slowed on the track and pulled into the pit.
#77-Brendan Gaughan smacked the wall on his 2nd lap, doing some damage to the right side of the car.
#15-Waltrip crashed hard after his first lap, tapping the outside wall at the s/f line coming accross the track, turning backwards and going back up the track and into the turn 1 wall [NO SAFER] very hard. Will have to go to the backup, Waltrip walked away from the wreck.(8-27-2004)
- Pole Progression at Bristol: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
#22-Scott Wimmer, 1st out to qualify, 125.264, starts 34th
#2-Rusty Wallace, 4th out, 126.486, starts 13th
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 8th out, starts 11th
#6-Mark Martin, 11th out, 126.947, starts 7th
#24-Jeff Gordon, 14th out, 128.520, starts 1st
- Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
#9-Kasey Kahne, 127.410, starts 2nd
#10-Scott Riggs, 124.138, starts 39th provisional
#22-Scott Wimmer, 125.264, starts 34th
#25-Brian Vickers, 126.021, starts 20th
#77-Brendan Gaughan, 126.278, starts 17th
- Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #24-Jeff Gordon, 128.520, starts 1st
Dodge: #9-Kasey Kahne, 127.410, starts 2nd
Ford: #6-Mark Martin, 126.947, starts 7th
Pontiac: none running this week
Toyota - oops, not yet.......(8-27-2004)
- Friday's Practice for the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is over. The fastest were:
slowest are: #08-McGlynn at 116.136 and #72-Shelmerdine at 119.775
No speed listed for #92-Teague
Most laps run: #19-Mayfield, 67; #99-Edwards, 49
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#24-Gordon 126.187, 15 laps
#6-Martin 125.773, 21 laps
#20-Stewart 125.206, 28 laps
Mike Wallace is listed as the driver of the #09 in practice.
For speed, see or NASCAR.com.(8-27-2004)
- Qualfying Order Links at:
Qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- Rookie News and Notes
- No Top Tens: three drivers have made all 23 Nextel Cup races and have failed to score a top ten in 2004:
#32-Ricky Craven, #43-Jeff Green, #45-Kyle Petty.
36 drivers have scored a top-5 finish in 2004.(8-26-2004)
- No Top Fives: ten drivers have made all 23 Nextel Cup races and have failed to score a top five in 2004:
#01-Joe Nemechek, #0-Ward Burton, #5-Terry Labonte, #21-Ricky Rudd, #25-Brian Vickers, #32-Ricky Craven, #43-Jeff Green, #45-Kyle Petty, #49-Ken Schrader, #77-Brendan Gaughan.
26 drivers have scored a top-5 finish in 2004.(8-26-2004)
- Bonus Points Leaders: the top five in drivers who have scored the most 'Bonus Points' by leading a lap in a race or leading the most laps are:
#24-Jeff Gordon, 115, 1st in Drivers Points
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 90, 2nd
#20-Tony Stewart, 90, 4th
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 70, 3rd
#12-Ryan Newman, 70, 13th.
AND only one driver has ran all 23 Cup races in 2004 and NOT led a lap, #0-Ward Burton.(8-26-2004)
- Bristol Entry List for the Sharpie 500 is posted: 49 drivers [for 43 spots], some of the entries include: #00-Kenny Wallace, #00-Ryan McGlynn [Wallace would get to use the number if both made the race, no idea what # McGlynn would use], #02-Hermie Sadler, #09-Bobby Hamilton Jr., #37-TBA, #51-Kevin Lepage, #52-Stanton Barrett [Gibson Products], #80-Tony Ave, #92-Brad Teague, #98-Larry Gunselmen.(8-24-2004)
UPDATE: some driver changes: Kevin Lepage goes from the #51 to the #37, Tony Raines is listed in the #51 and Derrike Cope will drive the #98.(8-25-2004)
- Entry List Links:
- 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
- Didja Know? that in the previous 85 Cup races at Bristol, 72 of them were won from a top-10 starting spot, and only two from the 10th spot [last time on 8-23-1986 by Darrell Waltrip]. In March 2001, Elliott Sadler won from the 38th spot, the farthest a driver has come to win at Bristol.(TNT race coverage/FSN Totally NASCAR)(8-23-2003)
UPDATE: make it 73 for 86 have won from top 10 or better with #97-Kurt Busch's win from the 5th starting spot in the Sharpie 500.(8-23-2003)
3/2004: make it 73 for 87 as #97-Kurt Busch won from the 13th starting position.(3-28-2004)
- Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(3rd), #20-Tony Stewart (4th), #17-Matt Kenseth (5th), and #38-Elliott Sadler (7th).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-22-2004)
- Who's Hot Heading to Bristol
Jeff Gordon has scored seven top-10 finishes in the last eight races. His 17 top-10 finishes are the most of any driver this season.
Tony Stewart has scored six top-10 finishes in the last seven races.
Jeremy Mayfield has scored six straight finishes of 11th or better.
Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth have each scored four top-10 finishes in the last five races.
Mark Martin has scored three finishes of third or better in the last four races.
Kurt Busch has scored three victories in the last three races at Bristol. The last driver to score four straight at Bristol was
Darrell Waltrip who scored seven straight victories at Bristol from 1981 thru the spring race in 1984.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-22-2004)
- Track/Race Length: 0.533-mile concrete oval, 500 laps, 266.5 miles
- 2003 August Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 77.421mph, started 5th
- 2003 August Pole Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 127.597, finished 28th
- Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, Mar 2003, 128.709mph, 14.908 secs
- Race/Event Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2003, 127.597mph
- 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 87 points race run], 23.0%
- 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: 3
- Races won from starting pos 14: 2
- Races won from starting pos 18,19,24,26,27,38: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 54 of 87 - 62.1%
- Races won from the top 10: 73 of 87 - 83.9%
- NEWS & NOTES:
• Fred Lorenzen won the first pole at Bristol in 1961.
• Jack Smith won the inaugural NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Bristol in 1961.
• The track was re-configured to 36-degree banking, the most acute on the
current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup schedule, and re-measured at .533 miles for the 1969
• The first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup night race at Bristol was the 1978 Volunteer
• The track surface was switched from asphalt to concrete for the 1992 Bud
• The track name was changed from Bristol International Speedway to Bristol
International Raceway in 1978 and then to Bristol Motor Speedway in the fall
There have been seven different Bud Pole winners in the last 10 NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup races at Bristol Motor Speedway but only two in the past five. Jeff
Gordon (both Bud Poles in 2002 and fall 2003) and Ryan Newman (spring 2003 and
2004) the only repeat Bud Pole winner in the 10-race period. However, in the
19 races at Bristol, since 1995, two drivers have won 10 Bud Poles: Mark Martin
and Rusty Wallace (five each).
Pit Road Rules
Beginning with the 2002 spring race at Bristol, NASCAR instituted a
change in the yellow-flag pit road procedures at the Tennessee short track. The
pace car will pick up the field in turn three (as opposed to turn one). All lead
car laps will enter pit road at the turn-two entrance (regardless of front or
backstretch pits). Cars pitting on the front will drive the backstretch pit
road then on the apron to the front stretch pit entrance in turn four. Cars
pitting on the back will follow the same path and all cars will exit pit road
using the exit in turn one.
Back-to-Back at Bristol
• There have been 11 back-to-back victories posted at Bristol since 1980,
including seven consecutive races by Darrell Waltrip. Kurt Busch has both won
three consecutive races at Bristol.
Darrell Waltrip Spring 1981 through spring 1984
Dale Earnhardt Both races 1985 and 1987
Alan Kulwicki Fall 1991 and spring 1992
Rusty Wallace Both races in 2000
Kurt Busch Both races in 2003 and Spring 2004
• Waltrip’s seven consecutive Bristol victories tied the NASCAR record for
consecutive wins at one track set by Richard Petty at Richmond in 1970-‘73.
- Access Improvements Planned for Bristol: Plans have been announced for more than $4 million worth of pedestrian and road improvements for a portion of Volunteer Parkway and Highway 11E near Bristol Motor Speedway. The track, the city of Bristol, Tenn., and the state of Tennessee will join forces on project, which is estimated to cost $4,080,000. Plans call for construction of 12,400 feet of sidewalks along both sides of Volunteer Parkway, construction of pedestrian bridges over Beaver and Back creeks and turn lane additions. Plans have been announced for more than $4 million worth of pedestrian and road improvements for a portion of Volunteer Parkway and Highway 11E near Bristol Motor Speedway. The track, the city of Bristol, Tenn., and the state of Tennessee will join forces on project, which is estimated to cost $4,080,000. Plans call for construction of 12,400 feet of sidewalks along both sides of Volunteer Parkway, construction of pedestrian bridges over Beaver and Back creeks and turn lane additions. Bri! stol Tennessee Electric System will also work on lighting improvements in the area.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(8-27-2004)
- at Bristol - the Bruton Smith Building: Officials named Bristol Motor Speedway's newly constructed office complex and interactive fan center the Bruton Smith Building. NASCAR drivers Kurt Busch and Elliott Sadler joined BMS officials in the Thursday
afternoon ceremony. "The vision Bruton Smith brought to Bristol when Speedway Motorsports, Inc. purchased the facility in 1996, single-handedly turned this race track into arguably the most popular motorsports venue in the nation," said Jeff Byrd, BMS president and general manager. "It is only fitting that we pay tribute to Bruton Smith by dedicating and naming this magnificent new structure in his honor." The Bruton Smith Building boasts 36,000 sq. ft, with more than 17,000 sq. ft. constructed for fan and community usage. "For eight years, Bruton Smith concentrated on the betterment of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway," said Byrd. "Aside from a few buildings in the infield and the actual concrete racing surface itself, Bruton has entirely rebuilt Bristol Motor Speedway.
"More importantly, Bruton put the fans first by choosing to revitalize Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway with new grandstands, numerous restrooms and concessions areas along with the addition of other fan amenities like shuttle buses, trams, ticket booths and the new infield scoring and video tower," added Byrd. "And in the true Bruton Smith spirit, fans will feel as much at home in this new building as our employees."
The Bruton Smith Building features a state-of-the-art ticket office and expanded souvenir store on the first floor. The first floor also
includes the "Bristol Experience" - an interactive fan center featuring computer simulated racing games, a theater and a wide array
of Bristol themed racing displays. The second floor plays home to employee offices, while the third floor includes a large banquet hall and outdoor terrace. Complete with catering facilities, the banquet hall will serve as the site for a variety of Speedway and Dragway functions. The general public, civic groups and organizations, convention organizers and businesses may rent the banquet hall for social gatherings, giving the Bruton Smith Building a community role as well.(BMS PR)(8-26-2004)
- USAF Chief's Guests at BMS; The Flyover Info: The Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray will be at the Bristol Motor Speedway on 28 August for the Sharpie 500. Additional distinguished guests include Chief Master Sergeant Michael Kerver from Air Mobility Command, Chief Master Sergeant Michael Eitnier from the Air Force Academy, Chief Master Sergeant Cheryl Adams from Air Force Reserve Command and Chief Master Sergeant Ron Kriete from the Air Force Personnel Center.
CMSAF Murray represents the highest enlisted level of leadership, provides direction for the enlisted corps, and represents their
interests, as appropriate, to the American public and to those in all levels of government. He serves as the personal advisor to the Chief
of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, and proper utilization and progress of
the enlisted force. CMSAF Murray is the 14th chief master sergeant appointed to the highest noncommissioned officer position.
Following the National Anthem there will be a flyover of F-16 aircraft from the 127th Fighter Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base,
- 8th Annual Hauler Parade at Bristol: On Thursday night, August 26th, the Blue Lizard NASCAR Transporter Parade returns for an eighth straight year in Bristol. Slated for a 9 p.m. start, following the completion of downtown Bristol's Food City Family Race Night, the brilliantly colored big rigs will make the 10-mile trek from Bristol Mall down Volunteer Parkway en route to "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." The 2004 edition of the Blue Lizard NASCAR Transporter Parade will boast 44 of the multi-million dollar machines that haul the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race cars from track to track throughout the season. Popular Contemporary Christian Music recording artists "FFH" will serve as parade Grand Marshals. Adding to the fanfare of the parade, fireworks will explode high overhead from four points (Food City on Euclid Ave., Executive Park, Avoca Little League Baseball Park, and Tri Cities Auto Parts across from the Speedway) along the route.
This marks the third consecutive year of parade sponsorship for Del-Ray Dermatologicals and Blue Lizard Australian Suncream. The parade provides a chance for the unsung heroes who pilot th cross-country machines to enjoy the spotlight. With the honor of being defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champions, the #17 DeWalt Power Tools transporter will take the parade's pole position.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(8-25-2004)
- 28 Couples to say 'I Do' at Bristol: The most important words said at a race track typically go something like this... "Gentlemen, start your engines!" However, for 28 couples attending Saturday's running of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most important words will be "I do." For the third consecutive August, Bristol Motor Speedway will host the high-speed prenuptials on the venue's start/finish line at 10:00am. Bristol started its race day weddings in 2002. "In the past, so many couples would call us with the request to be married here during the race weekend, "said Jeff Byrd, BMS general manager. "We'd have to turn them down as NASCAR didn't have any down time during its busy weekend schedule. In 2002, NASCAR revamped its August schedule by moving 'Happy Hour' to Friday, leaving Saturday morning open and providing ample time for us to give the weddings a try." During the initial season, less than 10 weddings took place. The number of couples tying the Bristol knot rose to 24 in 2003 and increases to 28 for the 2004 edition. Sue Jones, Sullivan County Deputy Court Clerk, will return to officiate the ceremonies. The couples will assemble at the track's Credential Office at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and then will ride into the BMS infield via
bus where the ceremonies will take place. Race sponsor Sharpie will provide the brides with a "Sharpie bouquet." Bristol Motor Speedway hosts the weddings in August only, as the weekend schedule of events does not offer any free time during its
spring NASCAR event. "I'm not sure why fans really want to get married at a race track, but it just goes to show that Bristol is special enough to some people that they want one of their most memorable moments to take place right here," added Byrd.(Bristol Motor Speedway PR)(8-24-2004)
- 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.
- Special Ticket Deal for Bristol, some CUP tix available: If fans ever needed an incentive to purchase tickets to Bristol's NASCAR Busch Series Food City 250 (August 27), they now have it. A limited number of Sharpie 500 tickets recently became available and those seats will go to randomly selected callers who order Food City 250 tickets through the Speedway's main ticket line at 423/764-1161. Once a caller completes the Food City 250 ticket transaction, he or she must ask the ticket agent if they are a "lucky caller." If the reply is "yes" callers will have the opportunity to purchase a maximum of two Sharpie 500 tickets at $94 each. Food City 250 tickets are $57 for aluminum grandstand seating, $64 for seats in the red terrace sections and $69 for seating in the Dale Earnhardt Terrace. The offer will remain until August 24, 2004, or while supplies last. Other discounts, promotions or coupons do not apply.(BMS PR)(8-20-2004)
- Bristol Lawsuit: A former Bristol Motor Speedway account manager is suing the track for $1.3 million, alleging some of her most profitable accounts were taken away from her and given to men in the company. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in federal court in Greeneville, also asks that Paige Terry be reinstated to her old position, which she says she was unfairly demoted from last August. Terry, who was hired in September 1996, sold race sponsorships, suites, advertising and other products for the speedway to local, state and national vendors, according to the complaint. The only female account manager at the speedway, Terry made about $120,000 in base salary and commission, according to the lawsuit. But beginning in 2000, upper management began taking away her most profitable accounts, she alleges. Terry said no customer ever complained about her performance, and many of her clients were frustrated and confused that they could no longer work with her. Speedway officials later told Terry that her accounts were being reassigned because she had trouble "communicating with white collar workers," and that she was "better suited" to handle only smaller accounts, according to the lawsuit. Terry also said a large regional account she spent months securing was reassigned to a male account manager just days before the contract was finished. Her co-worker received the entire commission even though he didn't do any work on it, she said. Terry's role continued to decline until August, when she was reassigned as an account manager for a speedway charity — a change resulting in a pay cut of at least $40,000, the lawsuit alleged. Speedway attorney Tom Davenport declined to comment.(USA Today)(6-27-2004)
- Bristol Flatter? Does Bristol have 36-degree banking or not? Not, says Ryan Newman, who really enjoys racing at high-banked tracks. "Banked racetracks usually offer some of the best racing there is vs. flat racetracks," Newman says. Newman's crew measured the track and insists it is 10 degrees flatter than the advertised banking.(FoxSports/Sporting News)(6-7-2004)
- Bristol and IROC? [now that would be wild] NASCAR fans have long dreamed of watching an all-star race from Bristol Motor Speedway. Those fans may soon get their wish in the form of an International Race of Champions event. In fact, BMS vice-president of communications and events Wayne Estes plans to attend Friday night’s IROC event at Texas Motor Speedway. "The idea of matching an IROC date to Bristol has been in the early stages for several years," Estes said. "I think (BMS general manager) Jeff Byrd mentioned it to (IROC chairman) Les Richter, and then to Jay Signore. "Jay is IROC’s president and he directs a staff of 25 mechanics and fabricators at a 20,000-square foot shop in Trinton Falls, N.J. With the Speedway’s record for damaging equipment, the idea of a Bristol race has been a bit daunting for IROC’s officials and crew members."
"Late last year, Jay expressed new interest in a Bristol IROC race," Estes said. "Of course, we want to encourage him to let that thinking lead to action. It could be that though the early stages have run for quite a long time, the next stage of discussions may come rather swiftly. And actions may be just around the corner. We have talked to Jay several times informally over the last several months – by phone at the NASCAR banquet in New York and at Daytona Beach in February. We plan to see Jay face-to-face again this week at Texas to see if he is interested in setting a date for a Bristol test during the next few months." The IROC concept at Bristol has long been a topic for Internet forums and motorsports publications. According to Estes, BMS officials are serious about making this motorsports dream come true. "We would like to see an IROC race run with the NASCAR Busch Series on a Friday night in August," Estes said. "What a ticket that would be for the fans. The Food City 250 Busch Series race, an IROC race, and Sharpie 500 practice and qualifying – all for one ticket. We think a program like that could lead to a pair of Friday and Saturday night sellouts. "That’s what we would like to pursue. If it doesn’t work, maybe it’s a Wednesday night triple-header with NASCAR Craftsman Trucks, IROC and USAR Hooters Pro Cup cars. Whatever course this takes, we believe we will set attendance records with an IROC event here, and we continue to pursue this with Jay."(Bristol Herald Courier)(3-31-2004)
- New Infield at Bristol planned: Bruton Smith plans to raze the Bristol Motor Speedway infield and bury all the buildings, creating a subterranean infrastructure to improve sightlines for fans. That's an ambitious project that's been three years in development.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-28-2004)
UPDATE - Condo's: Bruton Smith, whose holdings include Bristol Motor Speedway, plans to build 60 condominiums adjacent to the track. Construction is scheduled to be completed next year. There are also tentative plans to extensively redesign the track's infield.(Tennessean)(3-29-2004)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Bristol Motor Speedway
- Roundup to sponsor the #99 at Bristol: Roush Racing announced that Roundup FastAct weed and grass control, will team up once again with Roush Racing when they sponsor rookie Carl Edwards and the #99 Roush Racing Ford. Roundup will appear as the primary sponsor on the car this weekend under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway marking the sixth race in 2004 that Roundup has sponsored the team. Both Roundup and Scotts appeared on the #99 Roush Racing Ford earlier this year at Talladega, California, Richmond and Lowe's Motor Speedway. It was a successful test run for the brands that ultimately led them to sponsor the #99 Ford once again at Bristol. For more information on Roundup or any of the Scotts products visit www.roundup.com, or www.scotts.com.(Roush Racing PR)(8-25-2004)
- Teague to attempt Cup race at Bristol: New Peoples Bank, with the home office located in Honaker, Va., is teaming up with veteran NASCAR driver Brad Teague of Johnson City, TN, for the running of the NEXTEL Cup Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 28. Teague will be driving the #92 New Peoples Bank Ford, out of the Means-Jenkins Motorsports racing operation, for his first attempt at making the starting lineup for a NEXTEL Cup event in 2004. The car is a former Robert Yates Racing car and the engine will be a RYR engine. Teague and the #92 New Peoples Bank Ford Taurus show-car will be present on Wednesday, Aug. 25 for the grand opening of the Abingdon, Va. branch. Along with the show-car, Teague will also make an appearance in downtown Bristol at the annual Food City Family Race Night on Thursday, Aug. 26, held on State Street. New Peoples Bank is a locally owned bank with offices located in Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee and Southern West Virginia.(PR)(8-22-2004)
- Kenny at Bristol in the #00: on Speed Channel's Trackside show from Michigan, Michael Waltrip, owner of the #00 Aaron's Rent's/Dream Machine Chevy that runs a limited Cup schedule with Kenny Wallace driving, mentioned that Wallace would attempt the Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway next week. Wallace never got a shot to qualify the #00 at Michigan as qualifying was rained out.(8-21-2004)
- Green-White-Checker OFFICIAL and: A “green-white-checkered” finish format will be used for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series beginning with next weekend’s races at New Hampshire International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced today. “The green-white-checkered format is an attempt to achieve everyone’s goals – a green-flag finish,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said. “This change hopefully will provide competitive finishes in the relatively rare occasions it is warranted. This format has been successful in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and considering the tight competition week in and week out in the other two national series, we feel the time is right to use the same procedure in all three national series.”
The new procedure will consist of a restart of two laps – green flag for the first lap of the restart and the white flag signaling the final lap leading to the checkered flag. All additional laps will be counted and scored. The new format will not guarantee a green-flag finish. Only one restart under the “green-white-checkered” format will be attempted. If a caution comes out during that period, the race will be complete. This procedure will eliminate the need for a red flag in the final laps to immediately stop the race in an attempt to finish under green-flag conditions. The announcement expands the single attempt “green-white-checkered” format to all three of NASCAR’s national series, beginning next week.(NASCAR PR), for the Truck Series, who have had this procedure since it started, in 48 races with a G-W-C, 6 times has the lead changed [12.5%](Speed Channel)(7-15-2004)
AND - Trucks Change too: Until now, the trucks have been allowed to run multiple green-flag restarts to determine a winner. That will end after the race at Gateway. Cup races will be allowed only one re-start, and NASCAR will enforce that rule in all three series. Thus, a finish under caution is possible if an accident occurs on the final two laps.(St Louis Post Dispatch)(7-17-2004)
- See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
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- Energizer Scheme for the #41: The #41 Dodge will sport a new paint scheme for the Sharpie 500 this weekend, and will feature the one and only Energizer Bunny! Energizer, a major associate sponsor of the #41 Target Dodge, will become the primary
sponsor for one of the most exiting races of the season. The familiar red and white Target car will now carry the black, orange and silver colors of Energizer.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(8-25-2004)
- Last Week for Summer Sales Driver Scheme: The #9 and #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge's will run its "Dodge Summer
Sales Drive" paint scheme for the final week in Bristol. #9-Kasey Kahne's and #!9-Jeremy Mayfield's Dodge's has run this paint scheme since racing at Chicago in July.(ClearBlue PR)(8-25-2004)
- More Downy for Craven at Bristol:The #32 Tide Chevrolet that Ricky Craven drives will debut a new paint scheme at Bristol this weekend for a new product, "Tide with a touch of Downy." Tide with a touch of Downy is a combination of the cleaning technologies of Tide and the softness and freshness technologies of "Downy Through-the-Wash". "Downy Through-the-Wash" is a new formula of Downy that contains detergent-compatible softness technologies to deliver softening even when it's added to the wash cycle. Look for Tide with a touch of Downy in these three scents - Clean Breeze, April Fresh and Soft Ocean Mist - and experience a touch of softness you never imagined from Tide! The No. 32 team will also run this paint scheme at New Hampshire International Speedway and Martinsville this fall.(PPI Motorsports PR)(8-25-2004)
- Harvick gets Real[tree] for Bristol: Team Realtree Racing (TRR) announces that GM Goodwrench and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will provide TRR the primary sponsor location on the hood of the #29 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the Aug. 28 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Sharpie 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Team Realtree was the primary sponsor of NASCAR legend Dave Marcis’ No. 71 team until his retirement in 2002. The company has also been a longtime associate sponsor of RCR.(RCR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #29 Team Paint Scheme page.(8-25-2004)
- Busch to run special "Sharpie RT Click" scheme at Bristol: Kurt Busch and the #97 Sharpie car have been "clicking" at Bristol Motor Speedway since 2002. With team wins four out of the last five races at the track known for its high banked turns and bumper-to-bumper action, it seems fitting that Sharpie is featuring a special paint scheme for the Sharpie 500, August 28 at Bristol. Emblazoned with the words "Just Click," the new look highlights Sharpie's new retractable marker family, an eight-color fine point permanent marker series that require no caps and can be operated by simply using one hand - just click and write.
The new marker's tip is protected from drying out using a leading edge Safety Seal ValveTM system that closes tight when the marker tip is retracted. Sharpie Retractable is the first retractable marker for the brand widely used in collecting autographs, in addition to an almost limitless variety of uses. The markers are nontoxic and approved by the Arts and Crafts Materials Institute. Sharpie Retractable markers are available in 8-colors, including: black, red, blue, green, orange, berry, lime and turquoise. The suggested retail price for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 8-packs are $4.89, $7.33, $9.78, $19.56, respectively. Available at office supply stores and other retailers nationwide in May, Sharpie Retractable joins significant innovations in 2004 that target arts and crafts to home improvement audiences. For more information, go to sharpie.com.(Sanford / Sharpie PR)(8-12-2004)
- #9 and #19 Schemes for the Summer: the #9 and #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will continue to run its new paint scheme this weekend in New Hampshire. The new scheme will run through the August 28th race in Bristol in support of Dodge's
Summer Sales Drive.(Clear!Blue PR)(7-20-2004)
- Spencer to Rumble at Bristol: Michael Buffer, world famous boxing announcer, will serve as the host and emcee of the ever thrilling Bristol night race this Aug. Buffer's famous trademarked phrase "Let's Get Ready to Rumble!" is one of the most widely known and recognized in the world of sports and entertainment, and will serve as the promotional tagline and theme in Bristol's advertising leading up to the race weekend. #4 Morgan-McClure driver, Jimmy Spencer will be commemoration this infamous phrase in a "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" logo and graphics.(5-6-2004)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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