THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Pop Secret 500
Nextel Cup Race #25 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, September 5, 2004 in Fontana, CA
- TV: NBC 7:00pm/et
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, September 8 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
Thursday, September 9 [Full Race] at 12:00pm/et;
Friday, Septmeber 10 [Fast Forward] at 1:00am/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: $5,836,554 (new race - none in 2003)
- Practice: Friday, September 3, 2:00 - 3:50pm/et; Saturday, September 4, 11:15am - 12:00pm/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, September 4, 1:10 - 1:55pm/et on TV-Speed Channel LIVE.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 3, 1:00pm/et
- Qualfying Order Links: moved to the race results section below
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, September 3 at 6:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 1:00am/et, live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 250 laps, 500 miles
Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 11 degrees; backstretch 3 degrees
Front Stretch: 3,100feet
Back Stretch: 2,500feet
Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
Pit Road Speed: 55mph
Grandstand Seats: 92,000
Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces
- Track Homepage: California Speedway
- Last Year: see my 2003 California Race Info page.
- May's Race: see my 2004 May California Race Info page
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires Required:
Nextel Cup: Left - 1,300, Right - 1,300;
Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550
Tire Codes: Left - D-6810; Right - D-6812
Tire Circumference: Left - 87.4 in.; Right - 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front - 30 psi;
Left Rear - 30 psi;
Right Front - 48 psi;
Right Rear - 45 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 24 psi;
Left Rear - 24 psi;
Right Front - 44 psi;
Right Rear - 41 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This is the second conseutive race Goodyear will bring this
particular combination of left- and right-side tires to California . .
. both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will compete on the same
tire codes this weekend . . . this is the seventh of 10 races at which
Nextel Cup teams will use this tire set-up in 2004 . . . in addition
to California, this combination will be run by Nextel Cup, Busch and
Truck Series teams at Charlotte, Dover, Michigan, Chicago, Kansas and
Kentucky this season . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one
mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four
tire positions at California . . . the air pressure in the inner
liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Racing: "This is
the most popular tire set-up Goodyear will bring to the track in 2004.
With teams having run these codes six times already this season,
including at Fontana in May, they should have plenty of good notes to
work from, and know what to expect from these tires."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $50,000 at California 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*
Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $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
- Sadler wins at California: #38-Elliott Sadler won the Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway, his 2nd win of 2004 and 3rd of his career. Sadler is 6th in Drivers Points and just needs to start the race at Richmond to clinch a spot on the Chase for the Nextel Cup, the top five have clinched. #9-Kasey Kahne finished 2nd, for the 5th time in 2004 [Rockingham, Las Vegas, Texas, Michigan in June and now California]. The rest of the top five were #6-Mark Martin, #42-Jamie McMurray and #12-Ryan Newman. Points leader coming into the race, #24-Jeff Gordon lost and engine and #48-Jimmie Johnson takes over the points lead with his 14th place finish.
Race Results at:
- Top Five [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after California:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 3482: clinched a spot in the Chase for the Championship
#24-Jeff Gordon, 3432, -50: clinched a spot in the Chase for the Championship
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3366, -116: clinched a spot in the Chase for the Championship
#20-Tony Stewart, 3304, -178: clinched a spot in the Chase for the Championship
#17-Matt Kenseth, 3253, -229: clinched a spot in the Chase for the Championship
The race for 10th
8th: #12-Newman, +20
9th: #9-Kahne, +9
10th: #6-Martin, 3058
11th: #42-McMurray, -25
12th: #18-Labonte, -36
13th: #88-Jarrett, -43
14th: #19-Mayfield, -55
15th: #29-Harvick, -56
Standings at NASCAR.com
- Some California Race Notes:
Elliott Sadler won the 2004 Pop-Secret 500, scoring his third career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 202nd career start. His last
victory came at Texas in April, 18 races ago.
Sadler scored his second victory in 2004 and his first victory at California Speedway. It was his first top-10 finish in seven races at California.
Sadler climbed from seventh to sixth in the point standings and if he starts the race at Richmond he will secure a spot in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
Sadler led eight times for 59 laps including the final 27.
This was the eighth victory for Ford in 2004. Chevrolet has won 15 and Dodge has two.
With one race remaining, there is still time to secure a place in the final top-10 before the race for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
begins in earnest in two weeks at New Hampshire. As much as 156 points can change within one race, based on the difference of a first-place finish leading the most laps (190 points) as opposed to a 43rd-place finish (34 points). All of the top-15 points positions following California are separated by less than 156 points, meaning all of those positions conceivably can change hands at Richmond International Raceway.
As a result of their finishes in the Pop-Secret 500 at California Speedway, two more drivers have clinched a spot in the
Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, They join Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. who clinched at Bristol:
Drivers Locked in the Chase / Points ahead of 11th
Jimmie Johnson 449
Jeff Gordon 399
Dale Earnhardt Jr 333
Tony Stewart 271
Matt Kenseth 220
Elliott Sadler will be assured a spot in the final top-10 if he starts at Richmond because he is more than 156 points ahead of 11th-place Jamie McMurray. The rest of the top-10, Kurt Busch [needs to finish 42nd or better at RIR], Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, and Mark Martin, all could lose their top-10 ranking at Richmond.
The only drivers mathematically still eligible for a spot in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup:
Pos Driver Ahead of 11th
7th Kurt Busch 153
8th Ryan Newman 45
9th Kasey Kahne 34
10th Mark Martin 25
Pos Driver Behind 10th
11th Jamie McMurray 25
12th Bobby Labonte 36
13th Dale Jarrett 43
14th Jeremy Mayfield 55
15th Kevin Harvick 56
Seven drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at California Speedway.
A total of $970,103 will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, an increase of more than $400,000 over one year ago. That includes a $250,000 bonus, which will be paid to the 11th-place finisher [at the end of the year]. Additionally, the 11th-place driver will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet in
New York in December.
Kasey Kahne (second) scored his fifth top-10 finish in his last seven races. It was his 10th top-10 finish in 2004. It was his first top-10 finish in two races at California Speedway.
Mark Martin (third) scored his fourth top-five finish in his last six races. This was his fourth top-10 finish in nine races at California Speedway.
Jamie McMurray (fourth) scored fourth top-10 finish in his last five races. This was his third race at California Speedway and second top 10 finish there.
Ryan Newman (fifth) scored his 11th top-10 finish in 2004. It was his second top-10 finish in four races at California Speedway.
Matt Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 in 60 straight races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-6-2004)
- StockCarFans.com - Rumblings - California: I won't say it was a snoozer, but when the highlight of the first-half of
a race is watching guys pick up paper on the frontstretch it's not going to take much to see some improvement in the second half. After the sun went down and the lights took hold, the racing got better. And after a 10 lap sprint to the finish it was Elliott Sadler who took home the spoils. Sadler captured the Pop Secret 500 tonight at California Speedway for his second win of the season (he grabbed the 500 at Texas in April) and the 3rd of his Cup career. He's now in a 9-way tie for 81st on the all-time win list. His win was the 66th for Robert Yates Racing and was worth a healthy $279,398 from the over $6M in posted awards.
Kasey Kahne (2nd) was the bridesmaid again for the 5th time this season. His last runner-up spot was at Michigan in June.
Carl Edwards (6th) had his career-best (albeit only three races) finish tonight. His previous best was 10th at Michigan last month.
Scott Riggs (7th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Dover in June.
Rusty Wallace (10th) had his best finish since he was 10th at Lowe's in May.
Joe Nemechek (12th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Chicagoland in July.
Brian Vickers (13th) had his best finish since he was 9th at Daytona in July.
Kyle Busch (24th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 32nd at Lowe's in May (only 3 races).
STREAKIN....Jamie McMurray has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
Dale Jarrett has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is a lonely Robby Gordon (+26). DOWN: The Big Dropper is a tie between Greg Biffle (-29) and Jeff Gordon (-29), followed by Casey Mears (-23), Bill Elliott (-22), Dale Earnhardt Jr (-22), and Brendan Gaughan (-20). Lots more downers than ups this week....and this is BD #4 for Jeff Gordon on the season.
Shane Hmiel led today (once for 4 laps) in his Nextel Cup debut. He becomes the 47th different driver to lead a lap this season....last
year we had 48 different leaders.
Jimmie Johnson takes over the point from Jeff Gordon tonight. He's up by 50 markers (like that means anything).
The race for the "Chase" is alive from 8th to 15th. Those spots are separated by 76 points with Kevin Harvick taking the biggest hit tonight. He runs good at Richmond, so he's not out of it yet but his back is certainly against the wall. Robby Gordon (22nd to 18th) made the best move forward tonight, while the aformentioned Mr. Harvick (8th to 15th) threw it in reverse.(StockCarFans.com (Nextel Cup) Newsletter)(9-5-2004)
- The Pop Secret 400
at California Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
after 250 of 250 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot
#38-Sadler (17)(59 laps led)
#9-Kahne (5)(39 laps led)
#6-Martin (11)(65 laps led)
#12-Newman (14)(3 laps led)
#31-Gordon (35)(8 laps led)
- Cars on the lead lap: 28 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (9):
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (accident-out);
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (13 with 29 lead changes):
#6-Martin (65-most led);
#38-Sadler (59, led halfway);
- Lap leaders: Brian Vickers 1-9; Jeremy Mayfield 10-18; Brian Vickers 19-28; Matt Kenseth 29; Brian Vickers 30-44; Kurt Busch 45-51; Michael Waltrip 52-61; Mark Martin 62-73; Vickers 74-81; Martin 82-105; Elliott Sadler 106; Ken Schrader 107; Jimmy Spencer 108; Sadler 109-121; Kasey Kahne 122-124; Sadler 125-128; Kahne 129-133; Martin 134-157; Jimmie Johnson 158; Ryan Newman 159-161; Shane Hmiel 162-165; Kasey Kahne 166-172; Elliott Sadler 173; Robby Gordon 174-176; Sadler 177-184; Robby Gordon 185-189; Sadler 190-193; Kahne 194-216; Martin 217-219; Sadler 220-250
Cautions: 11 for 21 laps
Record is 8 cautions....Broke the record
these are approx. caution laps....
Caution 11 - Laps 235 - 240: #49-Schrader lost an engine, went into the wall, #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #16-Biffle got into the oil and hit the was a bit.
Caution 10 - Laps 226 - 229: #45-Petty's engine exploded.
Caution 9 - Laps 220 - 223: #8-Earnhardt Jr. lost a tire and spun in turn 4.
Caution 8 - Laps 179 - 181: #97-Busch got loose in turn 2 and spun out, shot thru the back stretch asphalt, but didn't hit anything, had a tire go down.
Caution 7 - Laps 171 - 176: #96-Cope hit the wall.
Caution 6 - Laps 117 - 119: #4-Spencer hit the turn 4 wall, came down, hit #16-Biffle, who cme down on #23-Hmiel, Hmiel spun around a few times in the infield grass.
Caution 5 - Laps 106 - 113: Debris on the track, the wind is blowing all kinds of paper all over the track.
Caution 4 - Laps 73 - 77: #16-Biffle cut down a right rear and hit the wall, #24-Gordon and #88-Jarrett got in some of the debris and have some front damage.
Caution 3 - Laps 45 - 47: #99-Edwards lost a left front tire and was smoking.
Caution 2 - Laps 33 - 38: #11-Yeley got high in turn 3 and hit the wall, #77-Gaughan went high, thinking Yeley would slide down the track, when Yeley didn't, Gaughan hit Yeley as he had no place to go.
Caution 1 - Laps 27 - 30: debris on the backstretch/turn 3.
- Who got a lap back on each caution at California - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 11: #15-Waltrip, 23rd
Caution 10: #18-Labonte, 20th
Caution 9: #17-Kenseth, 22nd
Caution 8: #45-Petty, 35th
Caution 7: #43-Green, 27th
Caution 6: #0-Burton, 31st
Caution 5: #2-Wallace, 10th
Caution 4: #41-Mears, 29th
Caution 3: #96-Cope (2), still 11 laps down, 40th
Caution 2: #96-Cope, still 12 laps down, 40th
Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. was getting held at his pit stall for some reason, the official let him go, he was frustrated, gunned the car and hit his teammate, #15-Waltrip, who was coming into his pit stall a few stalls ahead, no major damage to either.
---- #31-Gordon, who didn't pit during the last caution, came in to pit on lap 212, get 4 tires and finish the race.
---- #24-Gordon came in on lap 208, reporting he thought something is wrong with the engine, the crew changed tires, Gordon went back out then the car started smoking. Gordon stayed on the track as the smoke got much worse, finally brought it in.
---- on lap 195, #15-Waltrip had a tire go down and had to make an unscheduled pit stop and lost a lap.
---- during the 7th caution, most of the leaders came in to pit.
---- brief fire in the #96-Cope pit during lap 157 pit stop, but it was quickly put out.
---- green flag pit stops started at lap 156 and last thru around lap 162.
---- on lap 136, #10-Riggs wacked the wall with the right rear, lost a spot to 10th and drove on.
---- #16-Biffle and #32-Hamilton Jr. are back on the track as of lap 114.
---- around lap 102, #2-Wallace made a pit stop to have debris removed from the grill.
---- many drivers are having paper debris clog up the grill, causing the motor to overheat.
---- #21-Rudd made an unscheduled pit stop around lap 97 for a flat tire.
---- on lap 85, #16-Biffle took his car to the garage for repairs.
---- as of lap 75, #32-Hamilton Jr. is back on the track after the team made repairs.
---- since #24-Gordon and #88-Jarrett both made pit stops during the 4th caution before the pit road was open, so both will start at the end of the longest line. #24-Gordon made many stops. #16-Biffle and #17-Kenseth had to make many stops, as Kenseth also got into the debris from Biffle.
---- on lap 65, #41-Mears made a pit stop as he was over heating again and had debris on the grill,
---- during the 3rd caution, all but 4 drivers made pit stops, those who didn't: #97-Busch, #16-Biffle, #15-Waltrip; #4-Spencer; 2 tires only for #6-Martin and #01-Nemechek. During his pit stop, #88-Jarrett's team left a lug nut off and had to come back for a 3nd pit stop to have it 'installed'
---- #32-Hamilton Jr. is having some sort of engine problem, possibly a rock-arm problem as reported on MRN during the 2nd caution.
---- #96-Cope is back on the track as of lap 30 after spending the first 17 laps in the garage when the car would not start on the grid.
---- after the next caution lap, all the leaders came in to make a pit stop.
---- only a few drivers came into pit during the 1st caution, #20-Stewart, #29-Harvick, #17-Kenseth, #77-Gaughan. #16-Biffle came in, but drove thru and didn't stop. But now it is being reported pit road was closed when those five came in.
---- on lap 17, it was reported that #24-Gordon and #19-Mayfield both have debris on the grill and water temp is rising.
---- as of lap 5, #41-Mears water temp is hot, had trash on the grill, the paper eventually came off, and the temp is down.
---- to the back, #23-Shane Hmiel [back up car].
- Where did the top 10 starters finish at California?
- TO THE BACK : #23-Shane Hmiel wrecked in Saturday's first practice and will go to a backup Dodge.
So Hmiel will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday.(9-4-2004)
- Happy Hour Practice at California Speedway for the Pop Secret 500 is over, the fastest were:
Slowest: #96-Cope 171.335 and #4-Spencer 175.422; no speed for #50-Fuller.
Most laps run: #42-McMurray, 36; #6-Martin, 34
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#38-Sadler got loose in turn 2 and spun around on the backstretch asphalt area, ended up with a flat tire but no damage, #24-Gordon, just missed hitting the #38.
For all the speed, see or NASCAR.com.(9-4-2004)
- Saturday's First Practice at California Speedway for the Pop Secret 500 is over, the fastest were:
slowest were: #50-Fuller at 174.584 and #4-Spencer at 177.370, no speed listed for #96-Cope.
most laps run were: #36-Said, 32; #40-Marlin, 28
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#48-Johnson 180.237, 13 laps
#88-Jarrett 180.022, 19 laps
#16-Biffle 180.008, 21 laps
#23-Shane Hmiel wrecked in practice and will have to go to a backup.
For all the speed, see or NASCAR.com.(9-4-2004)
- Vickers wins the pole at California: Rookie of the Year candidate #25-Brian Vickers won the Budweiser Pole with a near track record of 187.417mph, knocking #98-Bill Elliott off the pole. Elliott will start 3rd after running a lap of 186.306. #19-Jeremy Mayfield ran a fast late lap and will start 2nd, #97-Kurt Busch will start 4th and #9-Kasey Kahne rounds out the top five. Some part-timers making the race include: #84-Kurt Busch [18th], #23-Shane Hmiel [29th], #11-J.J. Yeley [32nd] and #36-Boris Said [36th]. #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr., in his first race in the Tide Chevy will start 24th.
See my Jayski's Pop Secret 500 Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page for qualifying results, pole progression, provisionals, who DNQ'd, rookie results.
For qualifying results/starting lineup, see:
- California Qulaifying Notes:
Brian Vickers won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Pop Secret 500, lapping California Speedway in 38.417 seconds at 187.417 mph. Ryan Newman holds the track-qualifying record of 38.414 seconds, 187.432 mph, set April 26, 2002.
This is Vickers's second career Bud Pole in 30 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His other Bud Pole came at Richmond on May 14, 2004, 14 races ago.
It is Vickers's second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Fontana.
There have been eight different Bud Pole winners in nine races at California. Qualifying was canceled in 1999.
Vickers became the fifth multiple Bud Pole winner in 2004. Jeff Gordon (six), Kasey Kahne (four), Ryan Newman (four) and Casey Mears (two) are the other drivers with more than one Bud Pole this season. Qualifying was canceled at Watkins Glen and second Michigan due to weather.
Jeremy Mayfield had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 38.634 seconds at 186.364 mph and will join Vickers on the front row. It is his 11th top-10 start in 2004 and third top-10 start in his nine races at California.
This is 10th Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2004. Dodge has 11 Bud Poles and Ford has two.
Bill Elliott (third) posted his third top-10 start in his fifth race this season. He came up just shy of his 101st front-row start. Elliott has 55 Bud Poles and 45 second-place starts.
Kurt Busch (fourth) posted his ninth top-10 start in 2004 and his second in five races at California.
Kasey Kahne (fifth) posted his 11th top-10 start in 2004. He started on the Bud Pole in his only other NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at California.
Shane Hmeil (29th) and J.J. Yeley (32nd) both qualified for their first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. It was the second attempt for Hmeil.
He failed to qualify at Daytona in July 2003 driving for Richard Petty. It was the first actual attempt for Yeley. He was present at Michigan two races ago but qualifying was canceled.
Ward Burton, Ken Schrader, Jimmy Spencer, Jeff Fuller and Derrike Cope used provisionals to complete the 43-car field. Five drivers failed to qualify for the Pop Secret 500: Kevin Lepage, Hermie Sadler, Mike Wallace, Morgan Shepherd and Kirk Shelmerdine. This will be Fuller's ninth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start and his first since October 2000.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-3-2004)
- Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - California: Brian Vickers grabbed the Bud Pole today at California Speedway for our first visit here at this time of the year with a speed of 187.417 mph (38.417 sec)....and that was a ton ahead of Jeremy Mayfield. He was over 2/10ths quicker than Jeremy, and when you consider positions 2-11 were separated by about the same margin you could say that Vickers was in another league today. This is Brian's second pole of the season (and career)....he had the top-spot at Richmond when we were there in May.
Something to ponder....Anybody see the TV ratings for last week's race? When the PR piece is slugged "Bristol race second most watched cable program for the weekend" you figure they were okay.....but the numbers were down more than 20% over last year's ratings. That's a MONSTER drop when you consider that Bristol is one of our marquee events. You can try to spin it any way you want, but the people at TNT must be scratching their heads and getting ready to do some make-goods. Troubling indeed....
If we don't see a significant spike in this week's numbers, you've gotta start asking some tough questions. With a prime-time Sunday Night race on the East Coast (compared to that horrible Darlington they keep telling us about), anything less than a 15% increase in numbers should be considered disappointing.
Jeremy Mayfield (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Dover in June.
Bill Elliott (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Texas in April (only 3 races).
Scott Riggs (9th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 7th at Daytona in July.
Jeff Green (13th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th at Lowe's in May.
Ricky Rudd (20th) has his best starting spot since he started 20th at Daytona in July.
Bobby Hamilton Jr (24th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 18th at Kansas last October (only 8 races).
Welcome.....and Welcome Back: Shane Hmeil (29th in Bill Davis' #23 this week) makes his first career Nextel Cup start. He dnq'ed in the Petty #43 at Daytona in July of 2003. J. J. Yeley (32nd) makes his first career start this weekend in Joe Gibb's #11. He was washed out at Michigan a couple weeks ago. Boris Said (36th) makes only his second oval-track start....he started 27th and finished 34th at Homestead in November of 1999. Jeff Fuller (42nd) gets the start in the Arnold #50 this week.....only the second Cup start of his career. He started 29th and finished 30th at Richmond in March of 1992 [Jayski NOTE: Fuller has made 8 [this will be 9] career Cup starts, last in Oct 2000].
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.(Stock Car Fans Nextel Cup Newsletter)(9-3-2004)
- Qualifying Order Links are up for the Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway, 48 drivers are listed, first due out is #0-Ward Burton, last due out is #35-Mike Wallace. Missing from the final entry list of 50 are: #09-Ruttman and #62-Damon Lusk.(9-3-2004)
- Qualfying Order Links at:
Qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- Friday Practice for the Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway is over, the fastest were:
slowest were: #72-Shelmerdine 172.620 and #35-Mike Wallace at 175.687
most laps run were: #18-Labonte, 32 and #40-Marlin, 21.
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
#38-Sadler 184.303, 8 laps
#29-Harvick 183.611, 6 laps
#01-Nemechek, 183.542, 11 laps
Bill Elliott is listed in the #91 Dodge, have not seen yet which number he is using, the diecast iimages were released as #98.
For all the speeds, see or NASCAR.com.(9-3-2004)
- Rookie News and Notes
- California Entry List the entry list for the Pop Secret 500 is posted: 48 drivers [for 43 spots], some of the entries include:
#09-Joe Ruttman [not on qualifying order]
#32-Ricky Craven, Hamilton Jr. now listed
#62-Damon Lusk [not on qualifying order]
#91-Bill Elliott [is in the #98 for this race]
#92-Tony Raines [removed from entry list]
#93-Steve Grissom [removed from entry list]
#98-Derrike Cope [Elliott is using #98, Cope is using #96 as they did at Daytona in July].(8-30-2004)
UPDATE: #93-Steve Grissom has been lopped off the entry list, down to 50 cars.(8-31-2004)
UPDATE 2: add #37-Kevin Lepage, so back to 51.(9-1-2004)
UPDATE 3: down to 50, #92-Tony Raines is off the list, Craven out of the #32 and Hamilton Jr. now in.(9-3-2004)
- 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
- Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-1-2004)
- #100 for Johnson: #48-Jimmie Johnson is scheduled to start his 100th Nextel Cup race on Sunday at California Speedway.(Lowe's Racing)(9-1-2004)
- $$ Fact: Only six drivers [and only three with more then two starts] have won more then $100,000 in every race run in 2004: #12-Ryan Newman, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #17-Matt Kenseth, #1-Ron Fellows, #60-Jason Leffler and #36-Boris Said.(NASCAR.com)(8-31-2004)
- Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, April 2002, 187.432mph
- Track Race Record: Jeff Gordon, June 1997, 155.012mph
- May 2004 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 186.940,
- April 2003 Pole Sitter: #1-Steve Park, 186.838, finished 40th
- 2003 Race Winner: none, inaugural event
- May 2004 Race Sitter: Jeff Gordon, 137.268, started 16th
- Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, 137.268mph, 5/2/2003
- Most Wins: 3 - Jeff Gordon
- Most Poles: 1 - seven different drivers
- Most Top 5s: 5 - Jeff Gordon
- Most Top 10s: 5 - Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte
- Oldest Winner: Rusty Wallace, 44 years, 8 months, 15 days, 4/29/2001
- Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 8 months, 23 days, 4/27/2003
- Most Laps Led by a Leader: Mark Martin, 5/3/1998, 165 laps
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 26 - Jeremy Mayfield, 4/30/2000
- Most Lead Changes: 28 - 5/2/1999
- Fewest Lead Changes: 18 - 5/3/1998
- Most Leaders: 15 - done twice, most recently on 5/2/2004
- Fewest Leaders: 8 - done twice, most recently 4/28/2002
- Most Cautions: 8 - 4/27/2003
- Most Caution Laps: 39, 5/2/2004
- Fewest Cautions: 4 - 6/22/1997
- Fewest Caution Laps: 22- two times, most recent 4/30/2000
- Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/29/2001
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 6/22/1997
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 4 - Chevy and Ford
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeremy Mayfield, 4/30/2000, started 24th
- Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 8] 0.0%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 0
- Races won from starting pos 3: 2
- Races won from starting pos 4: 1
- Races won from starting pos 5: 1
- Races won from starting pos 16: 2
- Races won from starting pos 19: 1
- Races won from starting pos 24: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 4 of 8
- Races won from the top 10: 4 of 8
PAST RACE WINNERS
5/2004 Kasey Kahne, #9 Dodge, 186.940mph, finished 13th
2003 Steve Park, #1 Chevy, 186.838mph, finished 40th
2002 Ryan Newman, #12 Ford, 187.432mph, finished 14th
2001 Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 182.635mph, finished 22nd
2000 Mike Skinner, #31 Chevy, 186.061mph, finished 7th
1999 none, rained out
1998 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 181.772mph, finished 4th
1997 Joe Nemechek, #42 Chevy, 183.015mph, finished 18th
(1997 Greg Sacks, #40 Chevy was the fastest but in 2nd round 183.753mph)
5/2004 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 137.268mph, started 16th
2003 Kurt Busch, #97-Ford, 140.111mph, started 16th
2002 Jimmie Johnson, #48 Chevy, 150.088mph, started 4th
2001 Rusty Wallace, #2 Ford, 143.118mph, started 19th
2000 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 149.378mph, started 24th
1999 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 150.276mph, started 5th
1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 140.220mph, started 3rd
1997 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 155.012mph, started 3rd
- Olympians to attend the Cup race at California: Fresh from Athens, 2004 Olympic Gold Medallists Amanda Beard, Leah O'Brien-Amico and Kimberly Rhode will be on hand at this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 race at California Speedway. Combined, these athletes have garnered 13 Olympic medals. Beard, who hails from Irvine, Calif., won gold swimming in the 200 breaststroke and claimed silver medals in both the 200 individual medley and four-by-100 relay. Just completing her third Olympic games, Beard's career total medals now sits at seven. She also holds the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke, set in July 2003. O'Brien-Amico earned her third gold medal with the U.S. Softball team last month. The Chino Hills, Calif., resident drove in five runs during the team's championship quest in Athens. Rhode, an accomplished double trap shooter, collected her second gold and third Olympic medal overall in Athens. Just one week after her 17th birthday, the El Monte, Calif., resident made the 1996 Olympic team and became the youngest female gold medallist in Olympic shooting history. She is currently studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona.(California Speedway PR)(9-2-2004)
- California Speedway gets sprayed: Seeking to prevent a West Nile virus outbreak among NASCAR fans, San Bernardino County health officials will spray pesticides around the California Speedway in the early morning hours today.
The timing of this Sunday's race - the first to be run at dusk, when mosquitoes are active - played a role in the decision, a county spokesman said, but not a deciding role. Because Fontana had six of San Bernardino County's first West Nile virus cases, officials decided it would be prudent to reduce the mosquito population around the Speedway before having fans from around the state and the region spend all weekend outside there, county spokesman David Wert said.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(9-1-2004)
- Tix still available at California/Ride the train: Tickets for the NASCAR events at California Speedway during Labor Day weekend are available by calling 1-800-944-RACE . Prices for Sunday's Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 race are $105 and $65. For Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300, tickets are $50 and $40, while Friday's Chevy Trucks Pole Day tickets are just $10. Tickets can be purchased on the speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com.
AND Reserved seats on the specially chartered trains to California Speedway for the Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 can be purchased through the speedway's ticket office by calling 800-944-RACE  or logging onto www.californiaspeedway.com.(9-1-2004)
- Fly Over: the Fly Over for the 250-lap Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway will be conducted by four F-15C's out of Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.(California Speedway PR)(9-1-2004)
- Calif Busch Race Grand Marshall: California Speedway announced Olympic figure skating champion and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton as the Honorary Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300 on September 4. With Hamilton presiding over the race, he and the children of Target House will get the event underway by giving the most famous words in motorsports, "Gentleman, start your engines," via satellite from Memphis, TN. Target House is a home away from home for families and children receiving care at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. As an extension of St. Jude's commitment to care for any child regardless of the family's ability to pay, Target House provides fully furnished apartments, free-of-charge. Target House continues to be funded by Target Stores and its vendor and celebrity partners. The Target House 300 joins the Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Labor Day weekend. For ticket and event information, call 800-944-RACE  or log onto www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(8-31-2004)
- Race Weeks heats up in Fontana: To celebrate the Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway on Labor Day weekend, the City of Fontana, the Fontana Downtown Business Association and the Fontana Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up with California Speedway to invite residents to the first "Fontana Race Week" celebration. The weeklong festival is slated for September 1-5, capping with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Pop Secret 500 at the superspeedway. Activities during "Fontana Race Week" include a golf tournament, rally, block party, NASCAR themed "Cruise Night" and will culminate with the racing events at California Speedway during Labor Day weekend.
Here's a look at the five day celebration:
Rally: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series transporters, including the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet hauler, will make a pitstop at City Hall on Thursday, September 2 at noon to be part of a rally. These haulers are 18-wheel tractor-trailer rigs that NASCAR teams use to transport two racecars, engines, tools and support equipment to the racetracks. Cars are towed in the top section, while the bottom floor is used for workspace. Join the Rally and watch these NASCAR transporters travel the final four miles of their 2,400-mile trip across country for the weekend's racing. City Council will present the "Keys to the City" honoring California Speedway and NASCAR.
Block Party: NASCAR driver appearances will highlight an evening packed with excitement to get the party started on Thursday, September 2 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Block Party will take place in the area of the Civic Center Campus, Community Church Hall, Fontana Women's Club and will block off Sierra Avenue near City Hall. SPEED Channel's Summer Blast Tour, which features a 50 ft. x 20 ft. display, will be on-site with tons of giveaways. Get your NASCAR and California Speedway apparel at the Americrown display and fill your goodie bags with tons of other great items from a host of other vendors. NASCAR show cars, including the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford, will be on display. NASCAR drivers will be signing autographs between 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. for a short period of time at the California Speedway display. Drivers who are scheduled to appear include Scott Riggs and Martin Truex Jr.
NASCAR Cruise Night: Fontana's monthly "Cruise Night" will get a visit from NASCAR on Friday, September 3 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Everyone will get a chance to check out some of the most spectacular classic cars and cruisers at the intersection of Arrow Blvd. and Nuevo Rd. NASCAR drivers will make special stop by appearances that evening. As an added bonus, "Cruise Night" participants will have the opportunity to bring their cars to California Speedway on Saturday where they can take in all the NASCAR action, the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert sounds and take their cars out on the track for a cruise.
For additional information about "Fontana Race Week" call 909-350-7620. California Speedway guests who are camping in the
infield for the weekend can take advantage of a shuttle service to and from the activities on Thursday (4:00 - 9:30 p.m.) and Friday (6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
To cap off the week, California Speedway will host three great days of racing excitement. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series teams will practice and qualify for the weekend's races on Friday, September 3. Friday's general admission tickets are $10 (children 12 and under are free with a paid adult). Saturday will feature NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice, the NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300 and the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert featuring Camp Freddy. Saturday reserved seating tickets are $40 and $50. The Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500, featuring the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, will take place late Sunday afternoon. Sunday's reserved seating tickets are $65 and $105.
For more information, call 800-944-RACE  or log onto www.californiaspeedway.com. When you call, ask how you can get even
closer to the action with California Speedway's $45 pit pass or fan hospitality Party Zone.(California Speedway PR)(8-30-2004)
- Richard Petty to be Grand Marshall of the Pop Scret 500: California Speedway announced that seven-time NASCAR Champion Richard Petty will serve as Honorary Grand Marshal for the Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 on September 5. Petty's NASCAR career spans over three decades and he holds all-time records for most career wins (200), poles (127), wins in a season (27 in 1967), consecutive wins (10 in 1967) and starts (1,185). Petty, 67, was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997. He has also been named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
The Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 joins the Target House 300 NASCAR Busch Series race Labor Day weekend. Tickets for Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice are $40 and $50. Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Pop Secret 500 tickets are $65 and $105. For ticket and event information call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit the
speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(8-27-2004)
- Miller Announces Concert Series: Miller Brewing Company announced this year’s “Rock ‘n’ Racing” concert series will kickoff with a trackside concert featuring popular rock band Live during the NASCAR Auto Club 500, May 1 at California Speedway in Fontana, California. Miller’s Rock ‘n’ Racing program combines two of our country’s greatest pastimes – racing and live music. It will feature a series of trackside concerts at select NASCAR Nextel Cup and the Indianapolis 500, including:
May 1, Fontana, NASCAR Auto Club 500 featuring Live
May 22, Charlotte, NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge featuring Live
May 27, Indianapolis, IRL’s Carb Day featuring Blues Traveler
July 9, Chicago, NASCAR Nextel Cup Tropicana 400 featuring Puddle of Mudd
Sept. 4, Fontana, NASCAR Nextel Cup Pop Secret 500 featuring Camp Freddy
(Tom Roberts PR)(4-30-2004)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - California Speedway
- Shelmerdine gets sponsorship for California: 2nd Chance Race Parts and RacingUnderdog.com are once again teaming up with NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kirk Shelmerdine, and will be on board the Freddie B's #72 Ford Taurus as associate sponsors for this weekend's Pop Secret 500 at the California Speedway. The two companies were also associate sponsors for Shelmerdine for several events earlier this year. Rick Russell, owner of 2nd Chance Race Parts, has just launched a website, 2ndchanceraceparts.com. 2nd Chance, based in Mooresville, NC, buys and resells used race cars, parts, and accessories from top-tier Nextel Cup teams. Russell will be directly involved with the team's effort - he's driving Kirk's hauler out to California for the Pop Secret 500. 2nd Chance Race Parts supplies race teams in all levels of competition from Canada to Australia, and includes several NASCAR independents among its clients. RacingUnderdog.com is a NASCAR commentary and opinion site which focuses on the drivers who are generally out of the media spotlight. This weekend, the site will combine fantasy with reality as it sponsors the two main events for ESCORS, the European Online Stock Car Racing Series. ESCORS is the top simulated racing league in Europe. Kirk Shelmerdine is the only independent driver who has attempted to qualify for every Nextel Cup event in 2004. He is currently 42nd in the NASCAR Nextel Cup driver point standings, and 41st in the Nextel Cup owner point standings. In his only prior career start at Fontana, Kirk finished 42nd in the Auto Club 500 in May.(Racingunderdog.com PR)(9-1-2004)
- Fuller in the #50 UPDATE: Jeff Fuller will be in the #50 Arnold Motorsports Dodge this weekend for the Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway. Fuller will attempt to make his first Nextel Cup race of the season. Fuller will also be doing his normal driving duties in the Busch Series piloting the #88 Nemco Motorsports Chevrolet.(Jeff Fuller Site)
AND been told that Jeff Fuller will be driving in California and will drive the #50 Cup Dodge when there is a truck race at another track. Todd Bodine will drive the #30 Toyota truck on a full time basis and when the Truck and Cup teams are at the same track, he will drive the #50 as well. Since the trucks will not be in California, Fuller will be the driver.(8-31-2004)
UPDATE: Arnold Motorsports would like to welcome Jeff Fuller to our team. Fuller will assist in their continued advancement in NASCAR racing by allowing them the flexibilty to field the #50 Dodge Nextel Cup team as well as the #30 Craftsman Truck Series team [Toyota]. Due to the joining of forces of Germain Motorsports and Arnold Motorsports to form the Craftsman Truck Series team, they will need Fuller to help with the obligations of fielding two teams. Todd Bodine will continue to be a vital part of the growth of both Arnold Motorsports and Germain-Arnold Motorsports.(Arnold Motorsports PR)(8-31-2004)
- GIC-Mixon Motorsports Sets Rumors To Rest, and to run the California Cup race: GIC-Mixon Motorsports co-owner Denise Mixon spoke with Catchfence.com Saturday morning and clearly stated that the #24 Busch Series team does not have any affiliation with FitzBradshaw Racing. GIC and FitzBradshaw did unite for the Pepsi 250 in July, but that was it. "We don't have any affiliation with the FitzBradshaw team," said Mixon. "They are great friends of ours, but that was a one race deal. Our team has improved greatly this season, but it's been our team not anyone else that has made that happen." Mixon also told Catchfence.com that the team will march into the Nextel Cup Series next month at California. In addition to running the Busch event, the team will also run the Nextel Cup event sporting the #93 Chevy, Steve Grissom will be the driver.(Catchfence.com)(8-22-2004)
- Yeley to attempt California Cup race: #11-J.J. Yeley, who posted the 11th best time in the rain-abbreviated session at
Michigan International Speedway, missed the GFS Marketplace 400 when qualifying was rained out. JGR president J.D. Gibbs didn't have to wait long to make a decision on a replacement event, as he said Saturday that Yeley would race in the Pop Secret 500 in two weeks at California Speedway.(NASCAR.com)(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
- Ward's car to show No Fear: Haas CNC Racing’s #0 NetZero Chevrolet will have a new look this weekend for the Labor Day weekend running of the Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway in Fontana, CA. Evidently fear, or more precisely fear of change, is not a factor for Ward Burton and the NetZero Racing team, and the normally all black Chevrolet Monte Carlo will feature a special Fear Factor paint scheme to showcase NBC’s popular action-packed Monday night reality series. Sporting flames to match its new orange, black and yellow paint job, the car gives NetZero the chance to spotlight their involvement with the show as the sponsor of the timeclock used for stunts and challenges. Now in production on a fifth season with Joe Rogan ("NewsRadio") as host, the Top 20 series "Fear Factor" will celebrate it's landmark 100th episode -- which has enabled the enduring program to become the first reality show to be sold into syndication -- on Monday, Nov. 8 (8-9 p.m. ET).(Motorsports Marketing Solutions/NetZero Racing PR)(9-2-2004)
- Johnson to run a special tool scheme at California: #48-Jimmie Johnson will drive a special Tool World paint scheme this weekend at California Speedway. The new Tool World is a remodeled section of 500 bits, blades, and power tool accessories in over 700 Lowe's stores across America. The new Tool World is designed for speed and convenience so customers can get what they need fast. Tool World sports the largest selection of America's best tool brands like DeWalt, Hitachi, Bosch, Shop Vac, Irwin and many more. Johnson's car will feature Hitachi power tools and Black & Decker Firestorm power tools.(Lowe's Racing)(9-1-2004)
- House of Blues for Sterling: The #40 Coors Light Dodge will be highlighting Coors Light's partnership with House of Blues by showcasing them on the lower rear quarter panels and the decklid for this weekend's race in California.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(9-1-2004)
- Special Scheme for Mears at California: Casey Mears will run a special Target House paint scheme on the #41 Dodge this weekend for the Pop Secret 500. Target House, funded by Target Stores and vendor and celebrity partner contributions, is an innovative approach to long-term housing for families whose children are receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Mears will also be wearing a special helmet designed by Josh Oehl, a current resident of Target House.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(9-1-2004)
- McDonalds and Elliott back together...for two races: Bill Elliott will return at California and Atlanta driving the #98 Dodge with the familiar McDonald's colors. The special paint scheme will feature the McDonald's logo and colors as well as their "I'm Lovin' It" logo. Elliott owned and drove a McDonalds sponsored Ford (#94) in the late 90's for several seasons before moving to Evernham Motorsports.(RacingOne), why the #98? same as in Daytona in July, when Coca Cola's C2 was the sponsor, Coca Cola supplies McDonalds with it's drinks, one Evernham Motorsports sponsors is Mountain Dew [owned by Pepsi], so Elliott can't drive the #91 Evernham third car, but his own #98 Dodge.(8-19-2004)
IMAGE see an image of the scheme on my 2004 Cup Paint Schemes page.(8-21-2004)
- Dale Jr. and Dave Matthews Band at California: Dave Matthews Band will feature their name and likeness on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car in the Pop Secret 500 at the California Speedway in September. See an image on my #8 Team Paint Schemes page.(8-14-2004)
- Different look for Bobby Labonte at Daytona: Wellbutrin XL, a medicine indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder in patients 18 years and older, will serve as the primary sponsor for the #18 Chevrolet that Bobby Labonte drives this weekend at Daytona. Wellbutrin XL served as primary sponsor March 28 at Bristol and April 25 at Talladega and will serve as the main sponsor at Chicagoland (July 11), Michigan (Aug. 22), California (Sept. 5), Richmond (Sept. 11) and Atlanta (Oct. 31). The car is blue and yellow, not purple as it was ay Bristol and Talladega.(JGR Site)(7-2-2004)
- Smirnoff Ice Back with Kenseth: Smirnoff Ice will sponsor Roush Racing driver Matt Kenseth in six races during the 2004 season:
May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s
July 3 Pepsi 400 at Daytona
July 25 Siemens 300 at New Hampshire
August 8 Brickyard 400 at Indy
September 5 Pop Secret 500 at California
October 3 EA Sports 500 at Talladega
Smirnoff will also have secondary sponsorship on the DeWALT car for the remaining 2004 races.(Mattkenseth.com), see images of the car and a new DeWalt scheme on the #17 Team Schemes page.(2-4-2004)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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