THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


    THE RACE: Tropicana 400

    Nextel Cup Race #18 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, July 11, 2004 in Joliet, IL

  • TV: NBC 3:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: NBC - 2:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, July 14 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, July 15 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, July 16 [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
    Fox Sports

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,756,382 (was $5,106,510 in 2003)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, July 9, 12:20 - 2:20pm/et; Saturday, July 10, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, July 10, 12:10 - 12:55pm/et on TV-Speed Channel Live.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, July 9, 11:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order:
    or
    Qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, July 9 at 4:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live with a re-air at 2:00am/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:
    1.5 mile tri-oval
    Banking:
    18 degrees in the turns
    11 degrees in the front stretch
    5 degrees in the back stretch
    Attendence: ~75,000 another 10,000 in the infield

  • Track Website: www.chicagolandspeedway.com

  • Last Year: see my 2003 Tropicana 400 Race Info Page.

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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 - 87.3 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 - 46 psi;
    Right Rear - 42 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 60-65 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of left- and right-side tires to Chicagoland . . . both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch will run the same tire codes this season . . . Nextel Cup teams have run this combination four times already this season - at California, Charlotte, Dover and Michigan . . . while these codes are scheduled to be run at those tracks again in the second half of the Cup season, teams will also run thils set-up at Kansas . . . as on all NASCAR ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Chicagoland . . . 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 Tire Development: "This is the most familiar tire set-up Goodyear will bring to the track in 2004, with Cup teams scheduled to run this combination a total of 10 times this season. Out of all the tracks we will bring these codes to, Chicagoland probably has the most grip. This is the fourth year of Cup racing at this track, and as the asphalt ages, the racing groove widens out and should make for more side-by-side racing."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $70,000 at Chicago for leading the points and winning the race (Dale Earnhardt Jr. last won the award, $80,000 at Richmond on May 15, 2004). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(7-5-2004)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark 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 Chicago is: $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: Kevin Harvick, $10,000
    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, $70,000*
    Daytona: Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
    (* won race and bonus)(7-5-2004)


WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

none listed


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Stewart wins at Chicagoland: #20-Tony Stewart won the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in a backup car, his first win of 2004 and first since his win at Lowe's Motor Speedway last October, 22 races wins ago. It is Stewart's 18th career win. The big controvery came after the 4th caution on lap 127, when #9-Kahne was leading, with Stewart starting 3rd behind #40-Marlin, passed Marlin after the restart on the outside and cam up to the rear of Kahne, who seemed to checkup and Stewart didn't, Stewart hit Kahne in the rear bumber, who spun and hit head-on into the turn one wall. A bit of a brawl then ensued on pit road between the #9 and #20 crews, sending the #20 car chief to the infield care center for scapes and minor injuries. A few #9 crewmen tried to make their way to victory lane, but were not allowed in security. The rest of the top five were #48-Jimmie Johnson, #88-Dale Jarrett, #24-Jeff Gordon [was at one point a lap down and way off the pace] and #19-Jeremy Mayfield.
    The Stewart-Kahne incident as reported by : Rookie Kasey Kahne was leading on the restart on Lap 127, but the first car in line because several cars were on the tail end of the lead lap and lined up ahead of Kahne. Stewart was second, Sterlin Marlin third [after the pass], Jeremy Mayfield fourth and Jimmie Johnson fifth. As the cars took the green flag, Stewart moved to the outside to pass [Marlin] and ran up on Kahne, hitting him from behind. Kahne went into the wall, which triggered an eight-car wreck and placed the race back under caution. The crews of Kahne and Stewart began scuffling on pit road, causing NASCAR to call Kahne's crew chief, Tommy Baldwin, and Stewart's crew chief, Greg Zipadelli, to be called to the hauler. Baldwin made one visit while the race continued on. Kahne's owner, Ray Evernham, was incensed NASCAR issued no penalty for Stewart's action. He argued with NASCAR officials over the lack of penalty as the race restarted. "That's just Tony Stewart doing what he's been doing all year, driving like a moron, you know? There's no reason to do that stuff," Baldwin said. "He gets away with it all he wants, and all NASCAR does is fine him. He's got plenty of money. The guy needs to sit out a race."
    Race Re-Air: Speed Channel, Wednesday, July 14th at 3:00pm/et.
    Race Results at:
    Jayski's Chicago Race Results from NASCAR

    Motorsports One
    NASCAR.com.(7-11-2004)

  • Race Notes - Chicago:
    Tony Stewart has finished third (2002), second (2003) and first (2004) in his last three races at Chicagoland Speedway.

    Stewart led five times for 160 laps including the final 27 of the 267 laps raced in the 2004 Tropicana 400, leading the most laps for the fourth time in 2004.

    Jimmie Johnson (second) scored his 13th top-five finish in 2004, the most of all drivers. It was his 14th top-10 finish of the season. He remained first in the point standings for the fifth time in his career. Johnson ranked first in the standings after Kansas City in September 2002 and first in the last four races. Johnson scored his best finish in his three races, at Chicagoland Speedway. Johnson finished fourth (2002), third (2003) and second (2004).

    New Modern Era DNF Record: Kevin Harvick (10th) extended his streak of running at the finish in 57 straight races, a streak that began at Rockingham in November 2002. He set a modern era record (since 1972) in eclipsing the old record of 56 held by Jeff Gordon: Bristol - March-2001 through Darlington-September 2002.

    Matt Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 53 straight races.

    Jeff Gordon has posted four straight Bud Poles: Pocono, Michigan, Infineon and Chicagoland. The last driver to score five straight Bud Poles was Cale Yarbrough at Nashville, Dover, Charlotte, Texas and Riverside - May 10 through June 8, 1980.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-11-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Chicagoland:
    #20-Tony Stewart broke through today and won his first race of the season, and to no one's surprise, the win was fraught with controversy. Oh, not that he didn't have the best car (he led 160 of 267 laps)....it was more who you talked to.... In the hometown of Jake & Elwood Blues, Tony took today's Tropicana 400 presented by Meijer at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet....and for just a moment you'd have thought there were a pile of those big Black & White's in turn one chasing those guys in black suits and sunglasses. Tony bumped the back of Kasey Kahne on a restart and all heck broke loose, and I don't mean just on the track. We had a full-fledged melee in the pits (tho most of the guys I saw on the ground were NASCAR officials... holding down Tommy Baldwin), and we hadn't seen one of those in awhile. But, it's nice to know that NASCAR is still in control.
    When it was over Tony was standing in Victory Lane for the first time since he won at Lowe's Motor Speedway last October and the 18th time of his Cup career (he's tied for 33rd on the all-time win list with Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnett, and Harry Gant). He's the 10th different winner of the season (last year we had 17), and this was win #41 for Joe Gibbs Racing. The victory was worth $336,803 from the over $5.7M in posted awards.
    #5-Terry Labonte (6th) had his best finish since he was 6th at Martinsville last October.
    #01-Joe Nemechek (8th) had his best finish since he was 6th in the Daytona 500.
    #1- John Andretti (16th) had his best finish since he was 13th in the Daytona 500 (only 4 races).
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 11 Top-10's in the last 12 races.
    Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: Brian Vickers (14th) is the top-finishing first year driver for the 6th time this season (just one behind Kasey Kahne). He was followed by: Scott Wimmer (23rd), Scott Riggs (29th), Brendan Gaughan (30th), and Kahne (36th).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: The Operator of the Week is Michael Waltrip (+30), followed by Dale Jarrett (+26), and Sterling Marlin (+25). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kasey Kahne (-34), followed by Jeff Burton (-27), Ryan Newman (-26), and Mike Bliss (-24). This is Op #4 for Waltrip, trailing only Matt Kenseth who's captured that award five times this season.
    Kevin Lepage led today for the first time since he led once for one lap at Phoenix last November. He's the 44th different driver to lead a lap this season....last years number was 48.
    Jimmie Johnson padded his points lead today....he's now up 105 over Little E. Take a look at the current standings.....how farcical is it gonna be if the 10th place driver (who could be over 600 points behind the leader after Richmond) wins the Nextel Cup Championship? Like that 400 point deal meant anything, turn the calendar and gain 550 points or more!
    Dale Jarrett (15th to 12th) made the best move forward today, while Kasey Kahne (11th to 14th) fell the most spots. Jeremy Mayfield is just 65 markers out of the final transfer spot (the only excitement we're allowed to have at this point in the season).
    Jimmie Johnson's "Magic Number" is now 16.....that's the spot he needs to finish to guarantee a spot in the "Chase". A nice move from the 11th spot where it was after last week's event.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(7-11-2004)

  • The Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 267 of 267 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot
    #20-Stewart (10)(160 laps led)
    #48-Johnson (3)(31 laps led)
    #88-Jarrett (29)
    #24-Gordon (1)(14 laps led)
    #19-Mayfield (19)(26 laps led)
    #5-Labonte (24)(1 lap led)
    #40-Marlin (32)(9 laps led)
    #01-Nemechek (9)
    #15-Waltrip (39)($5 off Domino's pizza)
    #29-Harvick (17)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 23 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (11):
    #37-Blount (electrical-out);
    #51-Lepage (fuel pressure-out);
    #09-Hamilton Jr. (engine-out)
    #02-Sadler (transmission-out)
    #50-Jones (too slow-out);
    #32-Craven (engine-out)
    #30-Blaney (accident-out)
    #9-Kahne (accident-out)
    #80-Bliss (accident-out)
    #43-Green (accident-out)
    #12-Newman (accident-out);

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (13 with 20 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (14)
    #9-Kahne (10)
    #5-Labonte (1)
    #51-Lepage (1)
    #20-Stewart (160 most led and halfway)
    #48-Johnson (31)
    #6-Martin (10)
    #40-Marlin (9)
    #17-Kenseth (1)
    #30-Blaney (1)
    #31-Gordon (2)
    #18-Labonte (1)
    #19-Mayfield (26)

    Cautions: 9 for 43 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 254 - 256: #43-Green was punted by #31-Gordon and backed into the wall.
    Caution 8 - Laps 246 - 249: Debris on the track.
    Caution 7 - Laps 210 - 214: #80-Bliss lost a tire, spun and hit the SAFER wall in turn 2.
    Caution 6 - Laps 173 - 177: Debris on the front stretch.
    Caution 5 - Laps 128 - 134: #9-Kahne got hit by #20-Stewart, a big wreck occurred, others involved: #30-Blaney, #10-Riggs, #99-Burton, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #1-Andretti, #24-Gordon.
    Caution 4 - Laps 121 - 126: #32-Craven lost an engine.
    Caution 3 - Laps 40 - 42: #21-Rudd lost a tire and tore some of the fender off and left debris on the track in turn 4.
    Caution 2 - Laps 25 - 29: #77-Brendan Gaughan is smoking and leaving oil on the track after losing a transmission.
    Caution 1 - Laps 19 - 23: #12-Newman lost a left rear tire, spun around and collected #97-Busch, both hit the SAFER wall in turn 2, but drove on OK

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Chicago - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 9: #1-Andretti, 16th
    Caution 8: #8-Earnhardt Jr., 22nd
    Caution 7: #41-Mears, 15th
    Caution 6: #24-Gordon, 4th
    Caution 5: #22-Wimmer, 23rd
    Caution 4: #0-Burton, 19th
    Caution 3: none, no one a lap down on the track
    Caution 2: none, no one a lap down on the track
    Caution 1: #50-P.J. Jones, 39th
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- on lap 264. #6-Mark Martin, while running 3rd, lost an engine, got it low on the apron to avoid a caution...class move.
    ---- during the restart after the 7th caution, #40-Marlin, while leading, missed a shift or had a transmission problem and lost four spots, but is up to speed now.
    ---- leaders hit pit road during the 6th caution.
    ---- #50-Jones is back on the track as of lap 140.
    ---- after #20-Stewart hit #9-Kahne, crew chief of the #9, Tommy Baldwin Jr. ran to the #20 pit and got into #20 crew chief Greg Zipadelli's face and the crewmen from each team started pushing and shoving a bit, a few fell down, quite scene. The #20 car chief was transported to the infield care center, for minor injuries
    ---- #97-Busch is back on the track during the 5th caution, 112 laps down.
    ---- #21-Rudd is back on the track after the team made repairs, around lap 123.
    ---- during the 4th caution, #24-Gordon made numerous stops as his car is very loose, made air pressure adjustments, track bar adjustment, put in a spring rubber.....
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. missed the pit road on lap 96 and lost a bunch of places. The he entered pit road too fast and has to come to pit road for a pass-thru penalty. The team is having a hard time adjusting to the tires and the suspension.
    ---- some of the cars who didn't pit during caution 3 making pit stops around lap 82-85 range.
    ---- #12-Newman is back on the track after his lap 19 wreck and is 56 laps down.
    ---- #1-Andretti had a vibration and came in for new tires, and lost a lap, around lap 68.
    ---- on lap 61, #29-Harvick had a tire going down and had to pit, lost a lap.
    ---- as of lap 58, #77-Gaughan is back on the track after the transmission was repaired.
    ---- #41-Mears car was running hot when debris was on the grill and had to pit on lap 58, lost a lap.
    ---- all the cars but #'s 20,19,38,24,41,10,48,2,5,42 [10 cars] made pit stops during caution 3.
    ---- on the restart after the 2nd Caution, #17-Kenseth didn't get a good restart, #25-Vickers hit him, and #16-Biffle hit Vickers, all drove on but Biffle had some tire rub and smoking. Also #25 had damage to the nose.
    ---- to the back, #02-Sadler (engine change), #37-Blount (engine change) and #43-Green (engine change) have to go to the rear of the field before the start of the race.

  • Top Five [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Chicago:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2720
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2615, -105
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 2478, -242
    #20-Tony Stewart, 2393, -327
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 2321, -399
    Standings at NASCAR.com.(7-11-2004)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is being run, the top five are:
    #25-Vickers, 182.661
    #48-Johnson, 181.014
    #6-Martin, 180.409
    #9-Kahne, 180.379
    #01-Nemechek, 180.210
    slowest are: #49-Schrader 175.965 and #50-Jones 176.275, no speed for #02-Sadler.
    Most laps run: #20-Stewart 41, #88-Jarrett and #9-Kahne 38.
    Top Average Speeds [all laps averaged]
    #6-Martin 179.035
    #97-Busch 178.345
    #38-Sadler 178.276
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. lost 3rd-4th gear during practice.
    See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(info from nascar.com's Trackside service)(7-10-2004)

  • First Saturday practice for the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway is over, the top five were:
    #6-Martin 182.051
    #41-Mears 1881.360
    #48-Johnson 181.287
    #88-Jarrett 180.850
    #01-Nemechek 180.554
    slowest were: #49-Schrader 177.171 and #09-Hamilton Jr. 177.649, no speed for #51-Lepage.(7-10-2004)

    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    #6-Martin 179.685
    #37-Blount 179.179 [only 3 laps]
    #38-Sadler 178.773
    Most laps run: #2-Wallace 43, #9-Kahne and #19-Mayfield 40.
    See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(info from nascar.com's Trackside service)(7-10-2004)

  • To the BACK: three drivers, #02-Hermie Sadler, #37-Chad Blount and #43-Jeff Green due to engines changes. So they will have to fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag of the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. #20-Stewart will not have to go to the rear as he crashed before qualifying and the team put the egine back in.(7-10/11-2004)

  • Four Tracks left to conquer for Gordon...including Chicago: Along with Phoenix, Texas and Homestead, Chicagoland is one of only four tracks Gordon hasn't conquered in Cup. He is the only driver to complete ever lap in the first three races at the Joliet, Ill., oval, averaging a finish of 7.6.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(7-10-2004)

  • Gordon wins pole at Chicago: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Bud Pole for the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, smashing the track record [was 184.786mph set in 2003] with a run of 186.942mph. 16 drivers ran qualifying laps faster the the old record. It is the 51st ploe for Gordon, which ties him for 7th all time with Bobby Issac.
    The pole is also the 4th straight pole for Gordon, the first time since 1985 that a driver has won four straight poles when Bill Elliott won four [Daytona, Pocono, Talladega, Michigan - and started 1st 6 staright races, the first June MIS race, qualifying was rained out, but Elliott started 1st, plus was on the pole for the first Pocono race that year].
    Starting on the outside pole is #9-Kasey Kahne with a speed of 186.871, the rest of the top 5 are #48-Jimmie Johnson, #25-Brian Vickers and #16-Greg Biffle. Failing to make the race are #13-Greg Sacks, #72-Kirk Shelmerdine and #98-Todd Bodine.
    Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results at:
    Jayski's Chicago Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page

    MotorSports One
    NASCAR.com.(7-9-2004)

  • All to have new Ford engine package: According to Ford Racing officials, all Ford primary race teams are scheduled to use the new D3 cylinder head package for this week's 400-mile event. Specifically the five Roush Racing entries, the Wood Brothers Racing Motorcraft Ford and the two Robert Yates Racing cars will run the D3 package. All the primary Ford teams ran the older C3 package in last week's Daytona International Speedway event, due to engineering required for a restrictor-plate motor with the new cylinder heads.(Team Ford Racing)(7-10-2004)

  • Chicago Qualifying Notes: Jeff Gordon became the fourth different Bud Pole winner in four races at Chicago.
    This is Gordon's fourth consecutive Bud Pole and fifth overall in 2004. The most recent driver to post four consecutive Bud Poles was Bill Elliott in 1985 from Daytona in July through Michigan in August. Two drivers have scored five consecutive Bud Poles in the modern era: Cale Yarborough (1980) and Bobby Allison (1972). Elliott also posted the Bud Pole at Pocono two races prior to the Daytona race in 1985. Qualifying was rained out at Michigan the following race.
    The Tropicana 400 has never been won from the Bud Pole. Only one of three races has been won from a top-10 starting position.
    This is Gordon's 12th top-10 start in 2004 - the most top-10 starts of any driver this season
    This is eighth Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2004. Dodge also has eight Bud Poles and Ford has two.
    Tony Stewart (10th) and Bobby Labonte (11th) posted identical qualifying times of 29.157 seconds, 185.204 mph. Stewart took the higher qualifying position based on owner points.
    Eleven of the 46 drivers that attempted to make the field for the Tropicana 400 have not previously competed in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Chicago. Eight of those 11 have never even attempted to qualify here.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-9-2004)

  • StockCarFans.com - Ramblings - Chicago: It's a four-bagger for Jeff Gordon! Gordon won his 4th Bud Pole in a row this afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday's Tropicana 400 presented by Meijer....and all he did was shatter the track record. For that matter, so did 15 others as the Top-16 were all quicker than Tony Stewart's mark from last year. Gordon's lap of 29.886 sec (186.942 mph) was just slightly over 1/100th of a second quicker than Kasey Kahne, and it was good for his 5th pole of 2004, the 51st of his Cup career, and his first ever at Chicagoland. In four races at this track, we've had four different pole winners. Rain delayed.....orange delayed. Just when you think you've seen it all!
    Greg Biffle (5th) has his best starting spot since he started 4th at Texas in April.
    [Hard to believe, but] Jeff Burton (6th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 3rd at Infineon in June of 2002!
    Mike Bliss (7th, in a one-off ride for Joe Gibbs) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 10th at Loudon in September of 2000.
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Greg Biffle has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    Joe Nemechek has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    #37-Chad Blount (37th...but it was tuck and nip for awhile) makes his first ever Nextel Cup start.
    With 46 cars on hand this weekend, we've got three on the Trouble Train. Todd Bodine, Greg Sacks (making his first attempt since he failed to make the Daytona 500 in February of 2000 in the #96 for Beau Petty), and Kirk Shelmerdine all get the early start home.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(7-9-2004)

  • Friday's Practice for the Tropicana 400 at Chciagoland Speedway is over. The top five:
    #48-Johnson 185.529
    #9-Kahne 185.459
    #6-Martin 184.502
    #24-Gordon 184.206
    #38-Sadler 183.986
    of note, #80-Bliss is 14th and #8-Dale Jr. is 15th fastest
    Slowest are: #72-Shelmerdine 171.032 and #02-Sadler 171.996. #13-Sacks is on the rack, 44th.
    #89-Shepherd is not listed at all.
    #20-Tony Stewart wrecked during the practice and the team brought out the backup car. Most laps run: #20-Stewart [would guess a combo of both cars], 33; #10-Riggs, 28.
    Best Average Speed [all laps averaged]
    #6-Martin 183.349
    #48-Johnson 182.902
    #9-Kahne 182.853
    See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(7-9-2004)

  • Rookie News and Notes - Chicago

  • Qualifying Order links for the Tropicana 400 at Chciagoland Speedway are posted above. 46 drivers are listed. First driver scheduled out is #98-Todd Bodine and last due out is #45-Kyle Petty.(7-9-2004)

  • Entry List link(s) are posted for the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. 47 drivers are listed including: #02-Hermie Sadler, #1-John Andretti [Kraft Foods], #09-Bobby Hamilton Jr., P.J. Jones back in the #50 Dodge, #13-Greg Sacks [made it to the entry list], #37-Chad Blount, #51-Kevin Lepage, #80-Mike Bliss [3rd Gibbs car] and #98-Larry Gunselman [Todd Bodine supposedly will run the car]. 7-6-2004)
    UPDATE: Todd Bodine is now listed as the driver of the #98, he won a pole at Chicagoland in 2001.(7-7-2004)

  • Entry List Links:

    NASCAR.com

  • 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:
    NASCAR.com


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)(7-6-2004)

  • July 2003 Race Winner: #12-Ryan Newman, 134.059mph, started 14th

  • Race Speed Record: Kevin Harvick, 2002, 136.832

  • Slowest Race Record: Kevin Harvick, 2001, 121.200

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Kevin Harvick, started 32nd, 7/2002

  • Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, 184.786mph, July 2003

  • 2003 Pole Sitter: Tony Stewart, 184.786mph, finished 2nd

  • Most Wins: 2 - Kevin Harvick

  • Most Poles: 1 - Todd Bodine, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart

  • Most Top 5s: 2 - Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart

  • Most Top 10s: 2 - the five in the top-5 and Kurt Busch, Bill Elliott, Robby Gordon, Mark Martin

  • Oldest Winner: Kevin Harvick, 26 years, 7 months, 6 days, 7/14/02

  • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 7 months, 5 days, 7/13/03

  • Most Lead Changes: 19 - 7/14/02

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 7/13/03

  • Most Leaders: 11, 7/14/02

  • Fewest Leaders: 7 - 7/13/03

  • Most Cautions: 10, 7/15/01

  • Fewest Cautions: 7 - 2 times, most recently, 7/13/03

  • Most Caution Laps: 56, 7/15/01

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 35 - 7/14/02

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 17, 7/15/01

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 11 - 7/13/3

  • Most Running at the Finish: 34, 7/15/01

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 33 - twice, most recently 7/13/03

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 113, Kevin Harvick, 7/15/01

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 29, Kevin Harvick, 7/14/02

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 2 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 0 of 3 - 0.0%
  • Races won from the top 10: 1 of 3 - 33.3%

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TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Sara Evans to sing National Anthem at Chicago: Triple platinum RCA recording artist, Sara Evans, will sing the National Anthem for the Sunday, July 11 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Evans' stop in Joliet, Illinois occurs during her current national tour in support of her most recent album entitled "Restless." Evans, who is seven months pregnant with her third child, is very happy to take a break, especially on the stage of the largest sporting event in the state of Illinois. Fulfilling a long standing tradition of NASCAR and racing events throughout the country, Evans will sing the National Anthem during pre-race festivities acappella style without a formal instrumental accompanist. Her performance will be punctuated with an overhead flyby of a B-52 out of Barskdale Air Force Base and a 30 ft. X 50 ft. American flag unfurled by members of the United States Navy. Evans is scheduled to perform the National Anthem at approximately 3:20pm/et from the start-finish line of the 1.5 mile Chicagoland Speedway. The Tropicana 400 is scheduled to begin at approximately 3:30pm/et.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-8-2004)

  • Meijer Announced as presenting sponsor of the Tropicana 400: Officials from Chicagoland Speedway and Tropicana announced that Meijer will be the presenting sponsor for the Tropicana 400, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. The addition of Meijer allows Tropicana to build a promotional campaign in Midwest Meijer locations and allow for cross promotional opportunities in-store and at the track. For more information about Meijer visit www.meijer.com. For more information about Tropicana, visit www.tropicana.com. The Tropicana 400 Presented by Meijer is scheduled to take place Sunday, July 11, 2004 at Chicagoland Speedway. For more information about the July 9-11 NASCAR weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, visit www.chicagolandspeedway.com or call 815-727-RACE.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(7-6-2004)

  • Tix Still Available for Chicago: With less than one week to go before the July 9-11 NASCAR weekend, there are a limited number of great seats are still available! Track Packs can be purchased at the Chicagoland Speedway Ticket Office, by phone at 815-727-7223 or by clicking here.(7-6-2004)

  • Dodge Magnum to pace the race at ChicagoLand: When the field for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series starts their engines for the July 11, 2004 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, they will be led to the green flag by the 2005 Dodge Magnum RT - the Official Pace Car of Chicagoland Speedway. The 2005 Dodge Magnum, which debuted this spring, returns with HEMI. power and rear-wheel-drive. Magnum is the first rear-wheel drive car for the Dodge brand in nearly 20 years. The legendary engine that powered Dodge's muscle cars of the 1960.s has been re-engineered and reborn as a modern, high-performance, fuel-efficient and durable powerplant known as the all-new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. The Chicagoland Dodge Dealers Association is the official vehicle partner of Chicagoland Speedway and is using the July 11, 2004 Tropicana 400 to showcase the return of the Dodge muscle car. The Dodge Magnum RT Pace Car will have 20" wheels and Competition Graphics. It is powered by the HEMI engine, which has 340 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque and can go from zero to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. The Chicago Metro Dodge Dealer Advertising Association (Chicagoland Dodge Dealers) represents the 55 Dodge Dealers in the metropolitan Chicago area. The Association has been a sponsor of the track since 2000.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(6-25-2004)

  • Chicagoland installing SAFER: The SAFER wall technology is currently being installed at Chicagoland Speedway by Jack K. Elrod Co., Inc. and will be completed in time for the July 9-11 NASCAR weekend. The SAFER Barrier at Chicagoland Speedway will run continuously for 2,289 feet from the entrance to Turn 1 through the exit of Turn 2 and 2,289 feet from the entrance to Turn 3 through the exit of turn 4. Additional SAFER Barrier with a length of nearly 1,169 feet will run along the front stretch tri-oval wall.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(6-25-2004)

  • SAFER at Chicago:
    Question: Will Chicagoland Speedway have the SAFER Barrier in place for the July 9-11 NASCAR weekend?
    Answer: "We made the decision quite a few months ago that Chicagoland Speedway would install the SAFER Barrier. Quite frankly, the studies show that it is indeed safer. We try to improve the experience for everyone, especially the competitors. And, if part of that is making the race safer than we need to look serious at that. The SAFER Barrier was the obvious choice for us to improve the safety for the drivers. That's why we made the decision months ago to move forward with it and we are now in the process of making that happen. It will be in place before the Tropicana 400, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway," said Matthew Alexander VP/GM of Chicagoland Speedway.(Chicagoland Speedway PR/Site)
    AND beginning Monday [June 14], the work crew from Elwood, the founding company of soft walls, will be at the speedway doing the installation. With the Tropicana 400 scheduled July 11, the project should be finished in plenty of time.(Herald News)(6-10-2004)

  • Lights? more seating ? at Chicago?
    Question: Will Chicagoland Speedway install lights?
    Answer: "That question goes back to if we have unlimited dollars to spend, I'd say install them right now. I'd love to see a weekend with a Friday night truck race, Saturday Busch race and obviously a Sunday Cup race, or something along that line. But, it's not as easy to say install lights at the track. You also have to remember that lights on the track means lights all around the facility, staffing, etc," said Matthew Alexander VP/GM of Chicagoland Speedway.
    Question: Will Chicagoland Speedway add grandstand seats in the future?
    Answer: "We are not looking to add seats in the immediate future. First, our egress and ingress traffic plan is solid. Relatively speaking, with almost 100,000 race fans driving in and out of the facility, we do an excellent job. If all of a sudden we added seats, but kept the same infrastructure in place, the plan wouldn't properly accommodate the extra fans. Until we can figure out a plan we feel can properly accommodate the extra 5,000 to 10,000 fans, we'll take adding seats slowly. Second, we're continuing to build our presence in the Chicago market and even though we have sold out our season each year and are proud of that fact, we still have yet to garner that huge demand for racing that is out there right now. What we don't want to do is add 25,000 seats and not have the demand there,” said Matthew Alexander VP/GM of Chicagoland Speedway.(Chicagoland Speedway PR/Site)(6-10-2004)

  • 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 TBD band
    During the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, Rusty Wallace’s No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge will race with a special rock ‘n’ roll paint scheme featuring Puddle of Mudd to promote the July concert.(Tom Roberts PR)(4-30-2004)


  • Chicago Adds Infield RV Spaces for 2004: Due to the increased demand for extra spaces in the Infield RV area at Chicagoland Speedway, an additional 184 RV spaces have been made available for race fans to purchase for the 2004 season. Chicagoland Speedway currently offers guests the opportunity to purchase an RV space in the Infield and Speedway Ridge. The Infield area offers track and non-trackside spaces, while Speedway Ridge, located outside of the backstretch between Turns 2 & 3, offers race fans an extraordinary view overlooking the entire speedway. At this time, Chicagoland Speedway is fulfilling 2004 RV space requests for 2003 account holders. Once all orders are completed, 2004 RV Wait List requests will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. A non-refundable $25 deposit, good towards the purchase of a 2004 RV space, adds your name to the 2004 RV Wait List. Adding your name to the 2004 RV Wait List ensures yourself the best possible space available to all the action at Chicagoland Speedway prior to the general public on-sale date. If 2004 RV spaces are still available after wait list customers have been served, the remaining spaces will go on-sale to the general public beginning Monday, February 16, 2004 at 9:00am. The 2004 season at Chicagoland Speedway will open with the Tropicana Twister 300 (NASCAR Busch Series) on Saturday, July 10 and the Tropicana 400 (NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series) on Sunday, July 11. The season will conclude with the Chicagoland 100 (IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series) and the ReadyHosting.com 200 (ARCA RE/MAX Series) on Saturday, September 11, as well as the Delphi Indy 300 (IRL IndyCar Series) on Sunday, September 12. For more information about RV spaces at Chicagoland Speedway or to place your name on the 2004 RV Wait List, call 815-727-RACE or log onto www.chicagolandspeedway.com.(Chicagoland Speedway PR)(12-18-2003)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • #500 for Shepherd UPDATE 2: if #89-Morgan Shepherd can make the Tropiciana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, it would mark Shepherd's 500th career starts to go along with 7 poles, 4 wins, 63 top fives and 168 top tens [thats 33%, not bad...](7-7-2004)
    UPDATE: no #89-Morgan Shepherd on the Qualifying Order for the race, haven't heard why he withdrew, no mention on his site and Shepherd is not listed in the current Cup practice sheets.(7-9-2004)
    UPDATE 2: nothing official, but am hearing Shepherd couldn't get the car ready in time, but plans to be at New Hampshire in two weeks, after next week off weekend.(7-10-2004)

  • #4 gets a sponsor for Chicago: Morgan-McClure Motorsports announced a new sponsor for the upcoming Tropicana 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Chicagoland Speedway. The #4 Chevrolet, driven by Jimmy Spencer, will carry the primary sponsorship of Wide Open Performance - Enhanced Formula Energy Drink for a one race deal. New to the market, Wide Open Performance - Enhanced Formula Energy Drink is a "Made in the USA," New Wave Beverage containing a unique proprietary blend of vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants formulated to boost energy, enhance performance and relieve stress. Based in the rolling hills of Southwest, Virginia, Wide Open Performance, Inc. is a homegrown American brand designed specifically for the racing enthusiast and those who live life 'Wide Open.' Wide Open Performance, Inc. is revved up to launch the brand's marketing effort by breaking into NASCAR and sponsoring the #4 Chevy. The national company has aspirations of a long term NASCAR sponsorship in the future. The product was developed by racers for racers and people who live their lives on the edge. Wide Open Performance - Enhanced Formula Energy Drink is receiving rave reviews at taste panels and is available at select convenience stores throughout New Jersey, the Charlotte, NC and Abingdon, VA areas, Food City Stores beginning August 9, 2004, and on www.4wideopen.com. Tom Underdahl, President of Wide Open Performance, Inc.: "Research shows that energy drinks are one of the fastest growing categories in the beverage industry. Given the lifestyle in NASCAR and racing in general, I feel there is an opportunity in the market for a product which specifically caters to Motorsports enthusiasts and to everyone who lives life wide open. Just like most who work in racing, I grew up around a local racetrack and raced on the local level for a while. My start in NASCAR came when I began working for Larry McClure in 1997 as a Business Manager. I worked for Morgan-McClure Motorsports until 2000. Positioning this sponsorship with Larry was natural. Being associated with him and his enthusiasm for competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series is exciting.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(7-9-2004)

  • Comcast to sponsor the #99 at Chicago: Roush Racing announced that Comcast will be the primary sponsor for Jeff Burton and the #99 Roush Racing Ford at the upcoming NEXTEL Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable [and own Jayski Fave - NHL Philadelphia Flyers] is a division of Comcast Corporation, a developer, manager and operator of broadband cable networks and provider of programming content. Operating in 17 of the United States' 20 largest metropolitan areas, Comcast is one of the leading communications, media and entertainment companies in the world. Providing basic cable, digital cable and high-speed Internet services, Comcast Cable is the company to look to first for the communications products and services that connect people to what's important in their lives. The company's 55,000 employees, in six divisions, serve more than 21 million customers. Comcast Cable serves more than 1.7 million customers in the Greater Chicago Region. Comcast, whose regional officies are located in Schaumburg, IL, employees more than 4,000 people in Illinois and NW Indiana.(Roush Racing PR)(7-7-2004)

  • Sacks back in a Cup car? UPDATE: during Speed Channel's Busch Series Qualifying coverage, Jeff Hammond mentioned that Greg Sacks, attempting to make the Busch Series race at Dover, is working on a deal to get back in a Nextel Cup car, possibly as soon as Chicago in July. No word on what team and no idea if it has anything to do with that #05 Team he announced a few years ago.(6-4-2004)
    UPDATE: Greg Sacks, 51, will debut the #13 Daytona Speed Dodge at Chicagoland Speedway next weekend. Daytona Speed, owned by Sacks, Ed Raabe and James Wilsberg, will be based here, although the team is still searching for a building suitable for a race shop. Sacks has not raced at the Nextel Cup level since 1998 after being injured at Texas Motor Speedway. He has seen spot duty in ARCA, and in the Busch and Truck series in recent years [NOTE: he did, however, announce back in August 2002, the #05 Chevy team, sponsored by a board game, that never made it to the track]. Sacks is buying his cars and equipment from Evernham Motorsports, which campaigns two factory-backed Dodge cars in Nextel Cup. Ray Evernham said his team is developing an in-house chassis. As the new Evernham cars are put into service, the older cars will be sold. Sacks has "right of first refusal." "He asked if he could be the first guy in line when we start selling cars," Evernham said. "I've known Greg for a long time. He's a good guy. I told him when we start to sell cars, yeah, he could have first crack at them." Daytona Speed will get its engines from Mike Egge [who does the Petty Engines]. Sacks will wear the crew chief hat until next season. Sacks will enter 10 races this season. He'll be joined by a team car, the #73 Dodge, at Dover and Martinsville. "We'll start the 2005 season as a two-car team," Sacks said.(Daytona Beach News Journal), see the Greg Sacks Fan Site for a nascar.com image and info and my old #05 Team News and Links page for past news, sorry DO NOT have a shop address or any contact info with this team.(7-2-2004)

  • Blount to make Cup debut at Daytona in the #37, will run Chicago too: Chad Blount looks to make his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series debut at the Daytona International Speedway in the Pepsi 400. Blount will pilot the #37 Dodge owned by John Carter and Roger Craven for the 46th running of the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night. Blount burst onto the scene in 2002 while competing in the ARCA Series for Braun Racing. He went on to post one of the most impressive rookie seasons in the history of that series: as he garnered 4 wins, 5 poles and 2 new track records (Atlanta and Chicagoland). The last two seasons have seen the 24-year-old compete in the NASCAR Busch Series where he has made 20 starts with a career best 5th place finish at Texas last season. He has also spent much time serving as a test driver for Penske Racing. The #37 team will be debuting a newly acquired speedway car from Ganassi Racing along with a strong engine program from Ernie Elliott Engines. The car was prepared for the Daytona race out of the Braun Racing shop and will be led by crew chief Todd Lohse, who has worked with Blount previously in the Busch Series. Blount and the #37 team will also be competing next week at Chicagoland Speedway. The rest of the 2004 schedule for Blount and the team will be determined at a later date.(Integrity Sports Marketing PR)(7-1-2004)

  • Cope in the #94 at Daytona: Derrike Cope will be running at Daytona this weekend in the Pepsi 400. Cope says, "I will be driving the WW Motorsports #94 Dodge this weekend at Daytona. It’s a brand new super speedway car of mine that has never been on the track, so we are going down cold. We’ll be running a Joey Arrington restrictor plate engine in our Dodge. We anticipate doing some dyno testing this week in preparation for Daytona. We are pleased to have Racer’s Edge Sports Drink as our sponsor at Daytona. Our goal, obviously, is to make the field and to have a productive showing. We are planning to run at Chicago the following week in the Tropicana 400. After that, our schedule is not finalized."(Derrike Cope site), WW Motorsports Chevy's were being driven by Stanton Barrett in some Cup races,(6-28-2004)

  • Bobby Labonte to run Busch race at MIS; Bliss to run 2 Cup races: Bobby Labonte and his long-time sponsor ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced that Labonte will return to the Busch Series for the Cabela's 250 Race on August 21, 2004 at Michigan International Speedway. He will be driving the bright red #19 Banquet Chevrolet featuring the Banquet brand and logo. This car was unveiled at the 2004 Food Market Institute Show (FMI) at McCormick Place in Chicago. This extended partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) highlights ConAgra Foods' growing involvement in the sport of NASCAR. Having recognized the power of NASCAR to reach families nationwide almost a decade ago, the company was an early supporter of Labonte's racing team. Under this new agreement, Labonte will appear in advertising and promotions as well as provide personal appearances and publicity for Banquet and ConAgra Foods. The Cabela's 250 Race marks Bobby's return to the Busch Series [JAYSKI NOTE: Actually Labonte ran the Texas Busch race in the #29 ESGR/Army Nat'l Guard-Reserve RCR Chevy and finished 11th]. "I'm excited to run the #19 Banquet Chevrolet in the Busch series later this summer," said Labonte. "My goal is to take Banquet and ConAgra Foods to the winner's circle at the Cabela's 250." ConAgra Foods will continue to maximize its association with NASCAR in 2004 with a series of sponsorships and promotions. Banquet's title sponsorship of the Banquet 400 Nextel Cup Series race at Kansas Motor Speedway in October continues for the second year, and the partnership with JGR will offer several ConAgra Foods brands in the snack and grocery categories the opportunity to appear on the #80 car driven by Mike Bliss during two Nextel Cup Series races. Bliss will race the #80 Slim Jim Chevrolet at the Tropicana 400 in Chicago this July and he will run the #80 Hunts Chevrolet at the Chevy Monte Carlo 400 at Richmond International Raceway in September [NOTE: Gibbs would get to use the car #80 over the #80 Hover Motorsports team and driver Andy Hillenburg as that team is listed as #280 in Owners Points]. This summer Banquet will be rolling out a retail promotion called "0 to Dinner with Banquet," which gives fans the opportunity to collect five proofs of purchase from frozen and grocery products and receive a die cast #19 Banquet Chevrolet. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.(Ketchum PR)(5-3-2004)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #01-Joe Nemechek USG Sheetrock Chicago - July #01 Paint Scheme Page
    #2-Rusty Wallace Puddle of Mudd Chicago - July #2 Paint Scheme Page
    #12-Ryan Newman 30th Mobil 1 Anniversery Chicago - July #12 Paint Scheme Page
    #18-Bobby Labonte Wellbutrin XLT Chicago - July none...yet
    #49-Ken Schrader Red Baron Pizza Chicago - July #49 Paint Scheme Page
    #77-Brendan Gaughan Jasper Engines Chicago - July #77 Paint Scheme Page


  • Rusty and Puddle of Mudd at Chicago: As part of Miller Lite’s Rock n’ Racing program, Rusty Wallace's #2 Dodge will feature a special Miller Lite Rock n' Racing paint scheme featuring Puddle of Mudd to promote a concert by the popular California rock band at the speedway this Friday [July 9th - TODAY] The band will perform after the NASCAR Pole Day at Chicagoland Speedway in Expo Village. The concert is scheduled to begin approximately at 5:00pm, but because of the large crowd expected for NASCAR Pole Day and the concert, guests are urged to arrive early. For more information about Puddle of Mudd, visit their official website at www.puddleofmudd.com.(TRPR.com), see an image of the car on my #2 Team Paint Schemes page or Paint Scheme Gallery page.(7-9-2004)

  • 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)

  • Red Baron swoops in on Schrader's car: Red Baron Pizza - which sponsored Ken Schrader's NASCAR Winston Cup ride with the #90-Junie Donlavey team during the 1986 and 1987 seasons - will again sponsor the Fenton, Mo., native for two races in 2004: the July 11 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., and the Oct. 31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Red Baron is returning to NASCAR competition in celebration of the Red Baron Pizza Squadron's 25th anniversary. The nation's leading civilian aerobatic performance team will participate in in approximately 150 events around the country during 2004, and will play a key role in the NASCAR promotion. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season. Red Baron Pizza will give NASCAR fans a chance to fully enjoy itsreunion with Ken Schrader. The brand has teamed with Jewel-Osco stores to offer a special in-store promotion that gives consumers chances to win great prizes that include four tickets to all five Chicago races, pit and garage tours, meet-and-greet opportunities with Ken Schrader and the BAM Racing pit crew, and opportunities to enjoy an exciting flight in a Red Baron Pizza Squadron vintage bi-plane. The promotion began in Jewel-Osco stores this week and continues through June 19.(Williams Company PR)(5-28-2004)

  • Special Scheme for Newman at select race and a CONTEST: A long-time supporter of NASCAR racing, ExxonMobil is marking its 14th season in 2004 as a major sponsor of Penske Racing with veteran driver Rusty Wallace and NASCAR 2003 Speed Channel American Driver of the Year Ryan Newman. The Mobil 1 brand will be featured on the hood of Newman’s #12 Dodge during five NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races in 2004:
    the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway
    the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway
    the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway
    the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway
    and the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.(TRPR).(1-26-2004)

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


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