THE RACE: The FINAL Mountain Dew Southern 500

    Nextel Cup Race #35 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, November 14, 2004 in Darlington, SC

  • TV: NBC 1:30pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: NBC - 1:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, November 17 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, November 12 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, November 13 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

  • Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns

  • War Wagon: Bill Weber and guests

  • TV Listings and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,219,075 (was $4,695,345 in 2003)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, November 12, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, November 13, 9:30 - 10:15am/et;

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, November 13, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed Channel LIVE.

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, November 12, 10:20am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, November 12 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel, re-air at 3:00am/et AND live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 1.366 egg-shaped oval, 367 laps, 501.3 miles
    Banking: Turns 1/2 - 25 degrees, width 79 ft; Turns 3/4 - 23 degrees, width 62 ft; Front - 3 degrees, Back - 2 degrees.
    Frontstretch 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide;
    Backstretch - 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide
    Pit Road: Length: 2,025 feet, Width: 46 feet
    Speed Limits: Pace Car - 50 mph, Pit Road - 45 mph
    Track Repaved in late 1995
    Grandstand Seating: 65,000

  • Track Homepage: Darlington Raceway

  • Last Year: see my 2003 Southern 500 Race Info Page.

  • March's Race: see my 2004 Spring Darlington Race Info page


    NASCAR Nextel Cup Series - Race No. 35 - Mountain Dew Southern 500
    NASCAR Busch Series - Race No. 33 - BI-LO 200
    NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - Race No. 24 - Darlington 200
    Darlington Raceway (1.366-mile oval) - Darlington, S.C.
    Fast Facts for November 12-14, 2004

    Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
    Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck Series)

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup: Left - 1,500, Right - 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550;
    Truck Series: Left - 325, Right - 325

    Tire Codes: Left - D-6822; Right - D-6824

    Tire Circumference: Left - 87.3 in.; Right - 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 26 psi; Left Rear - 26 psi;
    Right Front - 40 psi; Right Rear - 38 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 20 psi; Left Rear - 20 psi;
    Right Front - 36 psi; Right Rear - 33 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 62-66 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the second time this specific combination of left- and right-side tires will be used in at Darlington . . . all three NASCAR series will compete on the same tires this weekend, though the Nextel Cup and Busch Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Eagle" and the Craftsman Truck Series tires will be branded "Goodyear Wrangler" . . . this is the third and final time that Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will run this combination in 2004, having run it earlier this season at both Darlington and Rockingham . . . inner liner inflation should be 12-25 psi higher than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "As always at Darlington, the main thing teams will have to deal with as far as the tires are concerned is high wear due to the roughness of the track surface. Cup teams have already run these tires at Darlington earlier this season, as well as at another rough-surface track in Rockingham, so they should know what to expect from this tire set-up."


  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Darlington Raceway for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    Matt Kenseth, March 2004, Las Vegas, $30,000)
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
    Jimmie Johnson, August 2004, Pocono, $90,000
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., October 2004, Talladega, $90,000

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.

    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Darlington: $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*
    California: Elliott Sadler, $15,000*
    Richmond: Jeremy Mayfield, $15,000*
    New Hampshire: Kurt Busch, $15,000*
    Dover: Ryan Newman, $15,000*
    Talladega: Casey Mears, $10,000
    Kansas: Ryan Newman, $10,000
    Charlotte: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
    Martinsville: Kurt Busch, $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
    Atlanta: Mark Martin, $10,000
    Phoenix: Dale Earnhardt Jr. $40,000*
    (* 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 7



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news and links

  • Johnson wins the FINAL Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Southern 500, his first win of the famed race, the 31st driver to win the Southern 500 in 55 races. It is Johnson's 8th win of the season and 14th of his career. Johnson led 124 laps, only #24-Jeff Gordon, who finished 3rd, had more with 155. #6-Mark Martin finished 2nd, the rest of the top five were #42-Jamie McMurray [who locks up 11th position and a milion bucks] and #9-Kasey Kahne finished 5th in a backup car. Both McMurray and Kahne didn't change tires during the 8th caution pit stops. #0-Mike Bliss, in his first race with the #0 NetZero team finished 10th. #97-Kurt Busch finished 6th and holds on to the points lead, but it is down to 18, in fact the top five in points are only separated by 82 points. Only the top five in the chase can win the championship. The only way #20-Stewart, who is 6th in points, can win, is if the top five don't race at Homestead and he wins the race....not bloody likely.
    Race results at:


  • Top Ten [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Darlington:
    In the Chase......
    #97 Kurt Busch 6346
    #48 Jimmie Johnson -18
    #24 Jeff Gordon -21
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. -72
    #6 Mark Martin -82
    #20 Tony Stewart -185
    #12 Ryan Newman -244
    #17 Matt Kenseth -383
    #38 Elliott Sadler -383
    #19 Jeremy Mayfield -404
    the race for 11th
    11th: #42-Jamie McMurray, 4451
    12th: #9-Kasey Kahne, -226
    Standings at

  • Darlington News and Notes:

    ---- Jimmie Johnson won the 55th Mountain Dew Southern 500, scoring his 14th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 110th career start. His last victory came at Atlanta October 31, 2004, two races ago.
    ---- It was Johnson's eighth victory in 2004, more than any other driver. He moved into a tie with Dick Hutcherson and LeeRoy Yarbrough for 42nd on NASCAR's all-time win list.
    ---- Johnson scored his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in six races at Darlington Raceway.
    ---- This is the third time in 2004 (Pocono, Charlotte and Darlington) and fifth time in his career Johnson has swept both races at a track in a single season. In 2002, Johnson won both races at Dover and in 2003 he won both at New Hampshire.
    ---- Thirteen of Johnson's 14 victories have occurred on superspeedways.
    ---- Johnson climbed from fourth to second in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. It marked his fourth victory in nine races of the Chase.
    ---- Johnson led seven times for 124 laps, including the final nine, in Mountain Dew Southern 500.
    ---- Jeff Gordon led 155 laps, leading the most laps for the seventh time in 2004.
    ---- This was the 22nd victory for Chevrolet. Ford has nine and Dodge has four. Chevrolet clinched the 2004 Manufacturers'Championship at Charlotte, the 28th time in NASCAR history. Notebook Items
    ---- The top-five drivers are separated by just 82 points. This is the closest points race under the current point system since six drivers were separated by 113 points in 1992 with one race remaining. That season Davey Allison had a 30-point lead over second-place Alan Kulwicki. Bill Elliott was 40, Harry Gant was 97, Kyle Petty 98 and Mark Martin was 113.
    ---- Jimmie Johnson ranked ninth in the point standings with six races remaining (after Race No. 30 at Kansas). Johnson was 247 points behind and is now second, 18 points behind, with one race remaining.
    ---- The greatest come-back in NASCAR history occurred in 1992 when Alan Kulwicki came from fourth in points (278 behind) with six races remaining to win the 1992 championship by 10 points over Bill Elliott.
    ---- With one race remaining in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, 404 points separate first to 10th. The Chase began with a 45-point separation between first and 10th at Race No. 27 at New Hampshire. The biggest point margin is 139 points between seventh-place Ryan Newman and eighth-place Matt Kenseth.
    ---- Five drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Darlington Raceway.
    ---- Eight of the nine Chase races have been won by drivers competing in The Chase: New Hampshire (Kurt Busch), Dover (Ryan Newman), Talladega (Dale Earnhardt Jr.), Charlotte (Jimmie Johnson), Martinsville (Jimmie Johnson), Atlanta (Jimmie Johnson), Phoenix (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) and Darlington (Jimmie Johnson). Kansas (Joe Nemechek) is the only race that was won by a non-Chase driver.
    ---- Kurt Busch is the only driver to score a top-10 finish in eight of the nine races in the Chase.
    ---- Entering Darlington, seven drivers: Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman were in the 156-point window which would allow any of the seven to leave Phoenix with the point lead. Leaving Darlington, with one race remaining, five drivers are in the point window in The Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and are all within 82 points of the point leader and could possibly overtake Kurt Busch at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship. Tony Stewart (17th) and Ryan Newman (34th) fell out the group as a result of their finishes.
    ---- Mark Martin (second) scored his 15th top-10 finish of the season. It was second 23rd top-10 finish in 38 races at Darlington Raceway.
    ---- Jeff Gordon (third) scored his 24th top-10 finish in 2004, the most of all drivers. It was his 15th top-10 finish in 24 races at Darlington. Gordon is just three points behind second-place Jimmie Johnson and 21 behind point leader Kurt Busch.
    ---- Jamie McMurray (fourth) scored his 22nd top-10 finish of the season. It was his second top-10 finish in four races at Darlington Raceway.
    ---- Kasey Kahne (fifth) scored his 14th top-10 finish of the season. It was his first top-10 finish in two races at Darlington Raceway.
    ---- Carl Edwards (seventh) scored his fifth top-10 finish in his 12th career start.
    ---- Matt Kenseth (20th) has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 70 straight races.. Kenseth moved into a tie with Jimmie Johnson for ninth on NASCAR's Top 10 list for consecutive races in the top-10 under the current point system (since 1975).(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-14-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Darlington: We're gonna have to start calling him "Mr. Broom" or the "Sweeping Superman"....we'll need to work on it. Jimmie Johnson did it again today, winning the final 500-miler at Darlington Raceway for his fourth win in the last five events. He's graced Victory Lane 8 times this season, and six of those wins were at three Speedways (a tri-sweeper). This was win #14 for Johnson in his career (he's tied with Dick Hutcherson & LeeRoy Yarbrough for 42nd on the all-time win list), and #130 for Hendrick Motorsports. This is the 13th win this season for HMS....they can tie their best year ever next week as they won 14 in 1998. The win was worth $269,675 from the over $5.2M in posted awards.
    Mark Martin was the bridesmaid again tonight.....he was a little less than a second behind at the finish.
    Robby Gordon (15th) had his best finish since he was 9th at Talladega last month.
    Randy LaJoie (36th) had his best finish since he was 31st at Richmond in May of 1998! (only 6 races)
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10's in a row.
    Kurt Busch has 8 Top-10's in the last 9 races.
    Jamie McMurray has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    Jeff Gordon has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: The Operator of the Week is a lonely Mike Bliss (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ryan Newman (-27), followed by Dale Jarrett (-25). A slow "shaft" this week, but that Mike Bliss is sure giving a good audition in limited appearances this season.
    The "Chase" has got to be everything the boyz in Daytona Beach wanted (whether we wanted it or not) since we've got three drivers separated by 21 markers and the Top-5 going into next week's race have a chance at the Championship. Engine tuning discussions should be very interesting this week.
    In "Classic" points, Jeff Gordon would have a 52 point lead over his teammate Jimmie Johnson. Still could have found a few columns in that, dontcha think? Bobby Labonte (15th to 12th) made the best move forward, while Dale Jarrett (11th to 14th) and the MIA Ward Burton (29th to 32nd) fell three spots each.(more at Stock Car Fans Newsletter Site)(11-14-2004)

  • The FINAL Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 367 of 367 laps:

    THE Lights came on at 4:09pm/et

    car#, driver, starting spot
    #48-Johnson (4)(124 laps led)
    #6-Martin (5)(36 laps led)
    #24-Gordon (2)(155 laps led)
    #42-McMurray (11)(15 laps led) - didn't change tires during caution 8
    #9-Kahne (13-BU) - didn't change tires during caution 8
    #97-Busch (1)(9 laps led)
    #99-Edwards (24)
    #01-Nemechek (18)(1 lap led)
    #18-Labonte (15)
    #0-Bliss (30) <----- nice run

  • Cars on the lead lap: 16 (of 43 starters)

  • Cars on the track at least a lap down:

  • Off track/out of race (10):
    #89-Shepherd (too slow-out);
    #72-Shelmerdine (too slow-out);
    #80-Gosselin (too slow-out);
    #02-Sadler (handling-out);
    #50-Bodine (accident-out);
    #4-Wallace (oil pump-out);
    #88-Jarrett (accident-out);
    #98-LaJoie (engine-out);
    #45-Petty (accident-out)
    #12-Newman (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 with 27 lead changes):
    #97-Busch (9);
    #24-Gordon (155 led most);
    #48-Johnson (124);
    #40-Marlin (1);
    #01-Nemechek (1);
    #16-Biffle (8);
    #6-Martin (36 halfway);
    #42-McMurray (15);
    #31-Gordon (17);
    #17-Kenseth (1);

  • Lap leaders: #97-Busch rain/pole, #97-Busch 1; #24-Gordon 2-19; #97-Busch 20-26; #48-Johnson 27-61; #40-Marlin 62; #01-Nemechek 63; #16-Biffle 64-65; #6-Martin 66-77; #48-Johnson 78-82; #6-Martin 83-95; #16-Biffle 96-101; #48-Johnson 102-112; #6-Martin 113-117; #42-McMurray 118-120; #6-Martin 121; #31-Gordon 122-138; #48-Johnson 139-145; #6-Martin 146; #48-Johnson 147-195; #6-Martin 196; #17-Kenseth 197; #24-Gordon 198-250; #6-Martin 251-253; #24-Gordon 254-337; #48-Johnson 338-345; #97-Busch 346; #42-McMurray 347-358; #48-Johnson 359-367 WON

    Cautions: 8 for 47 laps

    Caution 8 - Laps 346 - 349: #29-Harvick slowed on the track.
    Caution 7 - Laps 331 - 340: #12-Newman blew an engine. So much oil got on pit road, NASCAR made sure it was clear of oil and cleaned up before allowing the teams to pit.
    Caution 6 - Laps 303 - 309: #45-Petty hit the wall and slowed on the track, then #40-Marlin and #21-Marlin slid together in turn 4, both got some damage.
    Caution 5 - Laps 250 - 253: Debris in turn 3
    Caution 4 - Laps 195 - 201: #88-Jarrett got loose and hit the turn wall 4 and spun.
    Caution 3 - Laps 145 - 150: #50-Bodine got loose in turn 4, #15-Waltrip rear-ended him, Bodine spun and Waltrip tboned him, then pushed the #50 a bit, saying his 'throttle hung', then when the both straightened out, Waltrip gave Bodine a nudge.
    Caution 2 - Laps 121 - 124: #18-Labonte spun in turn 4, didn't hit anything.
    Caution 1 - Laps 83 - 87: #32-Hamilton Jr. smacked the turn 2 wall.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 8: #31-Gordon, 15th
    Caution 7: #21-Rudd, 16th
    Caution 6: none?
    Caution 5: #9-Kahne, 5th
    Caution 4: #41-Mears, 26th
    Caution 3: #88-Jarrett, 37th
    Caution 2: #25-Vickers, 21st
    Caution 1: #21-Rudd, 16th
    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)
    ---- even though the teams only had 5-6 laps on the tires, when the yellow came out for caution 8, all the drivers came in to get new tires. #8-Earnhardt Jr's team changed the battery during their pitstop.
    ---- as of lap 344, #8-Earnhardt Jr. is reporting a dead battery.
    ---- on the caution 7 pit stops, #24-Gordon's car was let off the jack and the tire ended on the right rear tire, they had to jack it up to get it out.
    ---- around lap 329, #31-Gordon had to pit for tires when he had a right front tire cut down...then the caution came out.
    ---- around lap 323, #20-Stewart had to make an unscheduled piy stop for a loose wheel.
    ---- on lap 315, #16-Biffle wacked the wall in turn 2, but drove on ok, had to pit and get tires and fenders pulled out.
    ---- during the 5th caution, #97-Busch had to come back in 2nd time as the team didn't get an adjustment done.
    ---- during #48-Johnson's pitstop [Caution 4] a lugnut jumped between the hub and the wheel, slowing their stop.
    ---- #15-Waltrip is back on the track as of lap 173 after the team made repairs from the accident with #50-Bodine, Waltrip is 29 laps down
    ---- after the caution 2 restart, the #31 Gordon is smoking while leading in the corners from a tire rub, they expect it to go away as the tires warm up.
    ---- all the teams came in to pit during the 2nd caution
    ---- #97-Busch made contact with the #77-Gaughan and sustained some damage to the right front, made repairs during the 2nd caution.
    ---- #88-Jarrett had a tire go down and had to make an unscheduled pitstop on lap 98 and lost a lap.
    ---- green flag pit stops started around lap 54 thru 67.
    ---- while going for the lead, #12-Newman hit the wall and had a right front tire go down and had to make an unscheduled pit stop, losing a lap.
    ---- on lap 10, #29-Harvick wacked the wall twice, drove on ok, but lost 10th spot.
    ---- to the back: #9-Kahne, $38-Sadler, #21-Rudd all in backup cars [AFTER qualifying/field set], #02-Sadler and #72-Shelmerdine both changed engines

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Darlington?
    #97-Busch, 6
    #24-Gordon, 3
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 11
    #48-Johnson, 1
    #6-Martin, 2
    #20-Stewart, 17
    #12-Newman, 34 DNF
    #38-Sadler, 23
    #17-Kenseth, 20
    #19-Mayfield, 19

  • 'Chasers' start/finish at Darlington:
    #97-Busch, 1 / 6
    #24-Gordon, 2 / 3
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 3 / 11
    #48-Johnson, 4 / 1
    #6-Martin, 5 / 2
    #20-Stewart, 6 / 17
    #12-Newman, 7 / 34 DNF
    #38-Sadler, 8 / 23
    #17-Kenseth, 9 / 20
    #19-Mayfield, 10 / 19

  • Can Busch clinch today at Darlington? #97-Kurt Busch is the only drive who can clinch the Nextel Cup today in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. How?
    one scenario: #97-Busch wins and leads the most laps [190 points], the following drivers would have to finish at or worse then the following positions:
    #24-Gordon, 41st
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 39th
    #48-Johnson, 39th
    #6-Martin, 21st
    If Busch leads the 2nd place driver by 156 or more after Darlington, all he needs to do is start the car at Homestead to clinch, to do the the following drivers would have to finish in the following positions:
    #24-Gordon, 30th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 28th
    #48-Johnson, 27th
    #6-Martin, 10th.(11-13-2004)

  • TO THE BACK [5]: #38-Elliott Sadler, #9-Kasey Kahne, #21-Ricky Rudd all wrecked in Happy Hour practice and have to go to a backup car. Engine changes by #02-Hermie Sadler and #72-Kirk Shelmerdine
    So all five will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday. In the official results and records, they are credited starting in their original spots.(11-13-2004)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #12-Newman 167.647
    #48-Johnson 167.642
    #99-Edwards 167.208
    #9-Kahne 167.152 [crashed this car]
    #6-Martin 166.789
    slowest: #72-Shelmerdin 153.949 and #80-Gosselin 158.173
    no speed: #02-Sadler and #98-Lajoie
    most laps: #6-Martin, 67, #99-Edwards and #40-Marlin, 56
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #01-Nemechek 161.589
    #38-Sadler 161.184 [2 cars]
    #16-Biffle 160.986
    #21-Rudd also wacked the wall hard, no word on a backup car.
    #38-Sadler wacked the wall hard and will have to go to a backup car, he was to start 8th.
    #9-Kahne crashed after getting loose in turn one and nosed hard into the SAFER barrier on the inside retaining wall and will have to go to the backup car, he was scheduled to start 13th.
    See speeds at:

  • Saturday's First Practice for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #41-Mears 168.089
    #12-Newman 167.135
    #31-Gordon 166.964
    #38-Sadler 166.738
    #6-Martin 166.732
    slowest: #80-Gosselin 157.545 and #98-Lajoie 160.491
    no speed for: #89-Shepherd or #72-Shelmerdine
    most laps: #01-Nemechk, 45; #9-Kahne, 41
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #48-Johnson 163.340
    #38-Sadler 162.140
    #9-Kahne 162.001
    See speeds at:
  • RAIN at Darlington - Field Set by Points: and rain again has cancelled Busch Series and Nextel Cup Qualifying, bother series will set the field per the rules book. They still expect to get the Truck race in tonight as the rain should pass by then and the track now has lights. For more on the weather, see or
    So the field for the FINAL Southern 500 was set by the rules book, first 35 by owners points, then by race attempts. 36 thru 43 were by attempts:
    36) #72-Kirk Shelmerdine, 34 race attempts, 42nd in points
    37) #4-Mike Wallace, 33, 36th
    38) #50-Todd Bodine, 33, 37th
    39) #98-Randy LaJoie, 32, 39th
    40) #89-Morgan Shepherd, 30, 41st
    41) #02-Hermie Sadler, 28, 40th
    42) #09-Johnny Sauter, 26, 38th
    43) #80-Mario Gosselin, 20, 45th
    Did not Qualify
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 19, 46th [29th fastest in Friday's practice]
    #14-John Andretti, 7, 49th [25th]
    #94-Derrike Cope, 14, 51st [43rd]
    #00-Carl Long, 10, 55th [44th]
    #06-Travis Kvapil, 3, 59th [6th fastest]
    Provisionals do NOT come into play when qualifying is cancelled, so #89-Shepherd, #50-Bodine and #72-Shelmerdine make the race, even though they were out of provisionals for the rest of the season. #06-Travis Kvapil was 6th fastest in practice. Also #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. lucked out as he was 39th in practice after wrecking in practice and going to a backup car, since it was before qualifying he won't have to go to the rear of the field unless they didn't transfer the engine from the primary, Dale Jr. will start 3rd.
    See starting lineups at:

    Motorsports One

  • Dale Jr. wrecks in practice..goes to backup: from a GM PR
    - Note - Dale Earnhardt Jr. hit the wall during practice and goes to a back-up car. The crew put the motor from the primary car into the back-up: "We run a support bar on the right side so when they ride the wall during the race, it supports it. It knocked the cage out pretty good. It kind of kinked the main roll cage. Instead of taking a risk of something happening during the race, we decided to change. It really doesn't cost us anything. We don't have to go to the back for no reason. Why take the chance? We got the other car out and we've got another one on the way."
    (IS JUNIOR COMFORTABLE WITH THE BACK-UP CAR?) "That car actually ran about two-tenths faster than the other one. We haven't run the car all year. It's been a back-up all year. Everything we've got is good, so we're looking forward to it."(GM PR)(11-12-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Darlington: We found out today the only way to knock Ryan Newman off the Bud Pole is to have Mother Nature take your side, so (after today's rainout) Kurt Busch will lead 'em to the green on Sunday at Darlington Raceway. BTW, Ryan was over 2/10th's quicker than the field in practice. I just can't bring myself to call this the Southern 500....all these stories I'm reading where they say this is the last Southern 500, sorry that was last September. This _is_ the last 500 tho. Next year we'll come here on Mothers Day weekend, but on the bright side we will have something new. Hard liquor sponsors (or as NASCAR likes to call it "distilled spirits"). Let's see, we've downgraded Momma and brought in that what they meant when they said the "timing was right"?
    For Kurt Busch, this is his best starting spot since he had the pole at Homestead in November of 2002.
    Jeff Gordon (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Loudon in September.
    Mark Martin (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up on the outside pole at Richmond in September.
    Kirk Shelmerdine (36th) has his best starting spot since he started 32nd at Texas World Speedway in June of 1981! (How's that for going deep into the field for a stat?)
    STREAKIN....Ryan Newman has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.(Stock Car Fans)(11-12-2004)

  • Qualifying Order links are up for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. 48 cars are listed for 43 spots. First driver due out is #99-Carl Edwards. Last due out is #9-Kasey Kahne.(11-12-2004)

  • Qualfying Order Links at:
    Qualifying order -

  • Friday Practice for the FINAL Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is over, it got started a little late [rain/wet?], the fastest:
    #12-Newman 171.824 [going for 5th staight pole]
    #6-Martin 170.495 [over a mph less then the #12]
    #9-Kahne 170.259
    #48-Johnson 170.195
    #06-Kvapil 169.94
    slowest: #72-Shelmerdine [out of provisionals] 152.697 and #02-Sadler 158.760
    most laps run: #25-Vickers and #29-Harvick, 30
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #6-Martin, 170.271 [3 laps]
    #12-Newman, 169.729 [7 laps]
    #9-Kahne, 169.625 [6 laps]
    See speeds at

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • #400 for Gordon: #24-Jeff Gordon will make his 400th start at Darlington Raceway, it is also the 400th consecutive start for Gordon, who holds the record more the most consecutive starts by a driver from the start of his career.(11-10-2004)

  • Entry List for the FINAL Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is up, 48 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    #02-Hermie Sadler
    #06-Travis Kvapil
    #09-Johnny Sauter
    #7-Ted Musgrave
    #14-John Andretti
    #33-Kerry Earnhardt
    #37-Kevin Lepage
    #50-Todd Bodine
    #75-Mike Garvey
    #93-Geoffrey Bodine
    #94-Stanton Barrett
    #98-Larry Gunselman.(11-8-2004)
    #0-Mike Bliss in for Ward Burton.(11-9-2004)
    #7-Musgrave removed...down to 50.
    #00-Carl Long in for TBA
    #98-Randy LaJoie in for Gunselman.(11-10-2004)
    #93-Geoffrey Bodine off the list
    #80-Mario Gosselin on the list, still at 50.(11-12-2004)
    #33-Earnhardt...withdrawn [Kerry is racing in CAL]
    #94-Derrike Cope in for Barrett
    #75-Gavey..not on the practice sheets, so down to 48.(11-12-2004)

  • 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:


  • Who's Hot Heading to Darlington Raceway
    ---- Jimmie Johnson has scored three victories and four top-10 finishes in the last four races.
    ---- Jamie McMurray has scored 10 top-10 finishes in the last 12 races.
    ---- Kurt Busch has scored seven top-10 finishes in the last eight races.
    ---- Jeff Burton has scored six top-15 finishes in the last six races.
    ---- Mark Martin has scored 13 top-20 finishes in the last 13 races
    ---- Bill Elliott leads all drivers, scoring 35 top-10 finishes in 51 races at Darlington Raceway.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(11-10-2004)

  • $$ Fact: Only three driver who have made all the Cup races in 2004 have won more then $100,000 in each race:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    #12-Ryan Newman
    #17-Matt Kenseth

  • Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)..and none can fall out of the top 10 now that they are in the Chase for the Nextel Cup.(11-7-2004)

  • Race/Event Qualifying Record: Kenny Irwin Jr, September 1999, 170.970mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, Mar 1996, 173.797mph

  • 2003's Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 169.048, finished 23rd.

  • 2004 March Pole Sitter:

    Kasey Kahne, 171.716, finished 13th

  • 2003 Race Winner: Terry Labonte, 120.736mph, started 3rd

  • Track Race Record: Dale Earnhardt, Mar 1993, 139.958mph

  • Event Race Record: Jeff Gordon, Sept 1998, 139.031mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Fonty Flock, Sept 1952, 74.512mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 6

  • Most Wins - All Time: David Pearson, 10

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Bill Elliott, 5

  • Most Poles - All Time: David Pearson, 12

  • Most Wins - Owner: Junior Johnson, 10; Rick Hendrick, 10

  • Most Top 5s: 25 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 35 - Bill Elliott

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 22 days, Sept 1991

  • Youngest Winner: Terry Labonte, 23 years, 9 months, 16 days, Sept 1980

  • Most Laps Led [500 miles]: Johnny Mantz, Sept 1950, 351 laps [of 367]

  • Most Laps Led [400 miles]: Richard Petty, April 1966, 281 laps [of 293]

  • Most Cautions: 15, March 1995

  • Most Caution Laps: 101, Sept 1974

  • Fewest Cautions: 0, Sept 1963

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, Sept 1963

  • Most Finishers on the Lead Lap: 23, Sept 2002

  • Fewest Finishers on the Lead Lap: 1 - 24 times, most recently 9/3/1979

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Johnny Mantz, Sept 1950, started 43rd [75 started, 3 abreast]

  • Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 35, Chevrolet

  • Forty-three drivers have posted Bud Poles at Darlington

  • A total of 41 drivers have won NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Darlington

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 19 [of 100] 19.0%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 16

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 12

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 7

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 11

  • Races won from starting pos 6: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 8: 4

  • Races won from starting pos 9: 7

  • Races won from starting pos 10: 5

  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3

  • Races won from starting pos 13: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 14: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 15: 2

  • Races won from starting pos 23: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1 [2003]

  • Races won from starting pos 37: 2 [2001, 2000]

  • Races won from starting pos 43: 1 [1950]

  • Races won from the Pole: 19 of 100 [19%]

  • Races won from the top 5: 65 of 100 - 65.0%

  • Races won from the Top 10: 87 of 100 [87%]

  • Races won from the Top 15: 95 of 100 [96%]

  • Races won from outside the Top 10: 13 of 100 [13%]

  • Other Winning Starting Spots [5]: 23rd - 1; 31st -1; 37th - 2; 43rd - 1


  • Free Shuttle Servcice at Darlington: Activities at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, November 14 will begin well before the green flag waves to begin the final running of the Mountain Dew Southern 500. You won't want to miss anything, so why worry about fighting the traffic? Darlington Raceway and the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority (PDRTA) are offering free shuttle service to and from the track for the Mountain Dew Southern 500. Fans wishing to take advantage of this service have two options - be picked up, or park and ride. Pickups will be available at various hotels in the area beginning at 8:30 a.m. on November 14. Participating hotels include Sleep Inn; Red Roof Inn; Guesthouse Inn; Fairfield Inn; Holiday Inn and Suites; Comfort Inn; Days Inn; Suburban Extended Stay; EconoLodge; Thunderbird Inn; and Best Western.
    The park-and-ride shuttle service will also begin at 8:30 a.m. Departure point in Florence is the Florence Civic Center, located at the intersection of I-95 and I-20. Both the park-and-ride and hotel pickup shuttles are free. Return service from the track will begin immediately following the conclusion of the Mountain Dew Southern 500. For more information contact PDRTA at 843.665.2227. For tickets or more information on upcoming events at Darlington Raceway, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 1.866.459.RACE (7223), or log onto Raceway PR)(11-11-2004)

  • Thursday admission fee waived at Darlington in honor of Veterans' Day: Thursday, November 11 promises to be a busy qualifying and practice day for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as they prepare for the first-ever night race at Darlington, the Darlington 200, coming up on Friday evening, November 12. Since the birth of America, the US Armed Forces have diligently worked to protect and ensure its citizens' safety. On Thursday, November 11, Americans will once again celebrate Veterans' Day. The holiday was enacted by Congress in 1926 to officially recognize the end of the first global conflict -- World War 1. In honor and recognition of Veterans' Day, Darlington Raceway will waive admission fees for all guests on November 11. Fans are invited for a complimentary "sneak preview" of Friday evening's race, another landmark event in Darlington's long history. Friday will also feature qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch series, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Published start time for the Darlington 200 is 8 p.m. Bobby Hamilton is the defending champion. The weekend continues on Saturday, November 13, with the BI-LO 200 NASCAR Busch Series race. Start time for that event, won last year by Brian Vickers, is 1 p.m. Sunday, November 14 will feature the 55th, and final, running of the Mountain Dew Southern 500, the penultimate race in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. This legendary event was first run in 1950, but will see its inaugural checkered flag under the lights in 2004. Terry Labonte is the defending race champion. Published start time is 1:30 p.m. For tickets or more information on upcoming events at Darlington Raceway, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE (7223), or log onto Raceway PR)(11-8-2004)

  • ISC Plans to Keep Darlington Open: Millions of dollars in improvements and plans for future upgrades offer the best evidence that Darlington Raceway will remain a fixture on the stock-car racing scene. That is the view of Paul Phipps, vice president and chief marketing officer of Darlington’s parent company, the International Speedway Corporation. “We love Darlington and its tradition,” said Phipps, who was in Columbia [SC] on Thursday to address USC’s International Conference on Sport and Entertainment Business. “We would not have made the investments we have and then close the track.” In the past decade, ISC has built more than 30,000 new seats to boost capacity to approximately 60,000. Garage areas have been improved and officials installed “soft walls” last year. A new lighting system will be used for the first time next weekend.(The State)(11-5-2004)

  • Sad News: Erin Carleton Browning, the 10-year-old daughter of Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning, died Monday after a long battle with bone cancer. Erin was diagnosed with the disease three years ago. Her father, Chris, was named the track's president this past May to replace Andrew Gurtis. Browning had been at North Carolina Speedway at Rockingham since 1992. He assumed the new position after the track, known as "The Rock," was taken off the next year's Nextel Cup schedule. Darlington is preparing to hold the Southern 500 in two weeks, the next-to-last event in NASCAR's 10-race championship chase. Mac Josey, Darlington vice president, will run day-to-day operations while Browning is away. Funeral services for Erin will be Wednesday in High Point, N.C.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Erin Browning be made to the following:
    - Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, N.C., 27317.
    - Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 1100-C South Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103.( and see her site at

  • The final Southern 500 to end under the lights: It is fairly common knowledge by now that the first official night race at Darlington will be the Darlington 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on Friday evening, November 12. Some confusion remains, however, on the subject of exactly when NASCAR's premier series will see race action under the lights. To help answer those questions, the track "Too Tough To Tame" has set a date with the stars of the NEXTEL Cup Series. At 4:30pm/et on Sunday, November 14, Darlington Raceway will throw the switch and shine the lights on the Mountain Dew Southern 500 for the first time in history. "The phones have been ringing off the hook with fans asking how much of the race will actually be run under the lights," said Mac Josey, vice president of Darlington Raceway. "We hope that announcing exactly what time we will turn on the lights will clear things up. Many people have waited a long time for this moment, and we don't want them to miss it."
    Scheduled start time for the race is 1:30pm/et. Running time for last year's Mountain Dew Southern 500 was four hours, nine minutes. Night racing makes its official Darlington debut on Friday, November 12 with the Darlington 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Published start time for the race is 8 p.m. Bobby Hamilton is the defending champion. Friday will also feature qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch series, beginning at 1:30pm/et. The weekend continues on Saturday, November 13 with the BI-LO 200 NASCAR Busch Series race. Start time for that event, won last year by Brian Vickers, is 1:00pm/et. Sunday, November 14 will feature the 55th, and final, running of the Mountain Dew Southern 500. This legendary event was first run in 1950, but will see its checkered flag wave under the lights for the first time in 2004. Terry Labonte is the defending champion. For tickets or more information on upcoming events at Darlington Raceway, call the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 866.459.RACE (7223), or visit Raceway PR)(11-3-2004)

  • Wedding Packages at Darlington: If your idea of a perfect wedding day includes the words, "Gentleman, start your engines," that particular dream can become a reality on November 14 at Darlington Raceway. Darlington Raceway's fall 2004 wedding package includes a marriage ceremony in Gatorade Victory Lane on Sunday morning, prior to the Mountain Dew Southern 500; four pre-race pit passes; a souvenir program; a commemorative event souvenir; and embroidered Darlington Raceway caps for the bride and groom. Cost for the package is $200. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and provide photo identification and a valid South Carolina marriage license. South Carolina marriage licenses may be obtained from any Probate Court office in the state. If you are traveling to Darlington from out of state and need information on how you can obtain a South Carolina marriage license after you arrive, call the Darlington County Probate Court office at 843.398.4310. For more information or to schedule your November 14 wedding at Darlington Raceway, contact Deena Shelley in the Raceway ticket office toll-free at 1.866.459.RACE (7223). Wedding packages must be scheduled in advance; only a limited number are available. Racing under the lights comes to Darlington Raceway November 12-14. For more information on the Darlington 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday evening, November 12, the South Carolina 200 on Saturday, November 13, or the 55th running of the legendary Mountain Dew Southern 500 on Sunday, November 14, contact the Raceway ticket hotline toll-free at 1.866.459.RACE (7223).(Darlington Raceway PR)(9-5-2004)

  • Darlington Lights 'em up: Darlington Raceway's half-century of tradition changed in a flash Tuesday night with the debut of its multimillion dollar lighting system. Just before twilight, officials threw the seven switches that lit up exterior lights at "The Lady in Black," NASCAR's oldest superspeedway that debuted in 1950. Jeff Gordon, the Nextel Cup points leader and a six-time Darlington winner, headlined an exhibition program that also featured truck series points leader Bobby Hamilton and all-time racing greats David Pearson and Cale Yarborough. Each driver cruised 10 laps around Darlington in front an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 fans — much larger than the usual crowds for Friday qualifying and Saturday Busch races — who got in free for the night show. When he finished, Gordon stopped on the start-finish line and jumped on top of his #24 Chevrolet to wild applause.(USA Today/AP)(8-25-2004)

  • Josey named Darlington Raceway VP: Track officials announced that Mac Josey has been named vice president of Darlington Raceway. Josey has served in many capacities at the track since joining the staff in 1990, including ticket office manager and director of ticketing. Most recently, he was named to the position of general manager in 2001. He will assume the title of vice president immediately. Josey is a graduate of Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, and also holds an MBA degree from Columbia University in New York City. He is a native of Darlington.(Darlington Raceway PR)(8-4-2004)

  • New Darlington Tix Structure for 2005: Fans attending the Carolina Dodge Dealers 500 on Saturday evening, May 7, 2005 at Darlington Raceway will discover that something other than the race date is new. The first-ever NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race to be run completely under the lights at the track "Too Tough To Tame" will feature a new ticket pricing structure, as well. All seats in the Tyler and Pearson Towers, the track's premier grandstands, will be $95 each, a savings of $15 per ticket over previous years. Seats in the Wallace Grandstand, located on the track's start/finish line, will be priced at $85 each. Brasington Grandstand seats, in action-packed Turn 2, will be $70 (a savings of $10), and spots in the adjacent Colvin Grandstand are available at $45 and $70, depending on seat location. Ticket holders for the 2004 Mountain Dew Southern 500, coming up November 14 at Darlington Raceway, and those who attended the 2004 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 in March 2004 will be offered the first chances to renew their seats for a full weekend of primetime racing in May 2005. When the renewal process is completed, tickets will go on sale to the general public. New customers may submit seat requests now by calling the toll-free Raceway ticket hotline at 866.459.RACE (7223).(Darlington Raceway Site)(7-29-2004)

  • Interesting website: to Support the Darlington Racing Tradition (FSDRT) have formed a non profit organization to link all fans together. They are accepting donations to show support to keep the one race at Darlington Speedway, at the same time you will be helping various charities. All proceeds, less expenses will be donated to the 501c3 Charity of Choice of the driver who wins each year in Darlington as long as there is Cup Racing in Darlington. More at

  • Chris Browning named president of Darlington Raceway: Former North Carolina Speedway Vice President and General Manager Chris Browning has been named president of Darlington Raceway, International Speedway Corporation officials announced today. Andrew Gurtis, who has served as Raceway president for the past three years, has been named senior director, operational planning and integration for ISC. In his new position, he will act as lead assistant to Chief Operating Officer John Saunders on matters related to ongoing business unit operations and field integration. Browning, who has been executive vice president and general manager for North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, NC since 2002, said he is excited about the move. "I look forward to helping continue the history and tradition that has earned Darlington Raceway its special position in the sport of stock car racing," he said. Browning began his tenure at North Carolina Speedway in 1992 as director of public relations. He is a graduate of Pfeiffer College with a degree in business administration.(Darlington Raceway PR)(5-19-2004)

  • Darlington Personnel Changes: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced several key strategic moves including naming Andrew Gurtis, who most recently served as President of Darlington Raceway, Senior Director, Operational Planning and Integration for ISC and former North Carolina Speedway President Chris Browning President of Darlington Raceway. ISC President Lesa Kennedy made the announcements today. Prior to his 3-year stint at Darlington, Gurtis served as Vice President of Administration at Daytona International Speedway for 4 years. In his new position, Gurtis will act as lead assistant to Chief Operating Officer John Saunders on matters related to ongoing business unit operations and field integration. Browning has been Executive Vice President and General Manager for North Carolina Speedway since 2002. As EVP and GM, he was responsible for all marketing, sales, public relations, operations and governmental relations. As President, he will continue those duties at Darlington. ISC is a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events annually.(Darlington Raceway PR)(5-19-2004)

  • In Case Ya Missed It - No more Southern 500 after 2004: Buried among all the announcements of schedule realignment and tracks being purchased this weekend was that the Southern 500 will not exist after this season. Darlington's lone Cup race will move next season to May7 and be held at night. The race will be known as the Carolina Dodge Dealers 500. "Moving this weekend to Saturday night of Mother's Day weekend, the Southern [500] name didn't necessarily feel right," said track president Andrew Gurtis. The track is billing the Nov.14 Southern 500 as the 55th and final running of the historic race. The Southern 500 was NASCAR's first 500-mile race in 1950.(Roanoke Times)(5-16-2004)

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


  • Ward out? UPDATE confirmed: hearing that Ward Burton and the #0 NetZero team have parted ways? Supposedly Mike Bliss will drive the #0 Chevy at Darlington.(11-8-2004)
    UPDATE: Mike Bliss has replaced Ward Burton in Haas CNC Racing's #0 NetZero Chevrolet for this weekend's Nextel Cup Series Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Owner Gene Haas released Burton after last weekend's Checker Auto Parts 500, a Burton spokesman said, ending negotiations with Haas for Burton to continuing as the team's driver. Bliss has 33 career Cup starts and two top-10s, including a career-best fourth at Richmond in September 2004.(

  • World Financial Group returns as Sponsor of the #99: Roush Racing announced that World Financial Group, Inc. (WFG) will sponsor Carl Edwards and the #99 Roush Racing Ford once again this coming weekend at Darlington Raceway for the Southern 500. World Financial Group will appear as the primary sponsor on the #99 Ford for the second time in three weeks. In their first outing with the No. 99 team, Edwards and the #99 team gave WFG the ride of their life including a run for the win, never racing below sixth place in 325 laps. The #99 team's showing at Atlanta Motor Speedway was a successful outing for first time sponsor World Financial Group, one that the company is using to their advantage. To date Edwards has accrued one top-five and four top-10 finishes in the NEXTEL Cup series in just 12 starts. World Financial Group, Inc. (WFG) is an independent marketing company whose affiliates offer life insurance and a broad array of financial products and services. Through its thousands of independent associates in the United States and Canada, World Financial Group strives to help individuals and families who are often overlooked by the financial services industry to plan for their financial futures and work toward their goals no matter what their income. For more information on World Financial Group log on to Racing PR)(11-9-2004)

  • Smirnoff Ice to the #97 in 2005 UPDATE why leaving #17?: been told that Smirnoff Ice will be the primary sponsor for eight races on the #97 Roush Racing Ford and driver Kurt Busch in 2005, moving over from the #17 Ford of Matt Kenseth. See an image of the car on the 2005 #97 Paint Schemes page.(10-25-2004)
    MORE: The #97 Sharpie/IRWIN race team has a new, powerhouse partner. Diageo, the $16 billion spirits maker best known for its Smirnoff and Crown Royal brands, has announced it has struck a deal with Newell Rubbermaid to sponsor the company's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver Kurt Busch and the #97 car for eight races over the next two years. The addition of a new team sponsor opens the door to a number of opportunities for Newell Rubbermaid's IRWIN and Sharpie brands including incremental high-profile exposure. Kicking off this program November 14 at Darlington Motor Speedway, the #97 car will feature a special Smirnoff ICE paint scheme, flanked by the Sharpie brand. The remaining seven Diageo races are planned for the 2005 and 2006 NEXTEL Cup Series schedule.(10-26-2004)
    UPDATE: Smirnoff will move from Matt Kenseth's car to Kurt Busch's car effective in November at Darlington Raceway. The deal simply shifts Smirnoff off Kenseth's car since DeWalt, which "owns" the #17 financially, has found a new partner in USG products. The more natural pairing of a construction materials maker, USG, with toolmaker DeWalt should work well.(Team Ford Racing)(10-28-2004)

  • news on Hendrick Motorsports at my Hendrick Tragedy page.

  • Andretti, A.J. Foyt and the #14? looks like he new #14 ppc Racing team is listed as being owned by A.J. Foyt, who ran the #14 for a few races in 2004 after running it fulltime for a few years. Driver John Andretti asked Foyt, his Godfather, if the team could use the number and got permission as Foyt had no plans to run any more races in 2004. So Andretti can use a provisional, but the #14 is 52nd in Owners Points standings and with 59 teams/drivers/cars in the Atlanta Entry list, it is unlikely the provisionals will fall that far down the list.(10-29-2004)

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


    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #01-Joe Nemechek USG Sheetrock Darlington - Nov #01 Paint Scheme Page
    #9-Kasey Kahne Kahne's Dodge Cap Darlington - Nov #9 Paint Scheme Page
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield Mountain Dew Darlington - Nov #19 Paint Scheme Page
    #22-Scott Wimmer Acert Technology Darlington - Nov #22 Paint Scheme Page
    #97-Kurt Busch Smirnoff Ice Darlington - Nov #97 Paint Scheme Page

  • Special Scheme for Wimmer: Scott Wimmer and the #22 will carry a new paint scheme with Acert Technology on the Caterpillar Dodge.(Bill Davis Racing Site)(11-11-2004)

  • New Blue and Orange Look for the #31: This weekend at Phoenix the #31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet will continue to carry the new paint scheme that symbolizes Cingular's new status as the nation's biggest wireless carrier. Cingular now serves more than 46 million customers with the largest digital voice and data network in the United States. The special paint scheme will remain on the #31 Chevy the remainder of the 2004 season, but is NOT the car's new look for 2005.(RCR PR), see an image of the new scheme on my #31 Paint Scheme page.(11-3-2004)

  • Special Paint for Kahne at Darlington: Kasey Kahne's #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will sport a paint scheme to match Signature Red Hat in the last Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in November. Kahne's #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will become a replica of the hat that has become a necessity for every Kasey Kahne fan. It will be painted red with white stripes down the length of the car and will have the Dodge logo on the hood. The new paint scheme will debut in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Nov. 14. Kahne's signature pit cap ranked fifth in sales on the NASCAR circuit from January through June, with approximately 6,000 units sold.(Evernham Motorsports PR)(8-4-2004)

  • Mountain Dew back on the #9 and #19 - #9 at MIS: Evernham Motorsports teammates Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne showed their alliance to the "Dew Crew" today when they unveiled their Mountain Dew Dodge paint-outs plastered with the team green at the Michigan International Speedway. "Fueled by Dew," Kahne's #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will feature a Mountain Dew paint scheme when he competes in the DHL 400 this Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Mayfield will race in his Mountain Dew-themed #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge at the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on November 14. Mountain Dew is sponsoring Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield throughout the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup season. Both drivers are making appearances for Mountain Dew during the season and they are featured on in-store display materials. In addition, Mountain Dew sponsors the over-the-wall pit crews for Kahne and Mayfield. Their teams are known as the "Dew Crew."
    "The association between Mountain Dew and Evernham Motorsports is such a big part of our race team and I've enjoyed working with them," said Mayfield who is in his third season as a driver for Evernham Motorsports. "Everything they do is so much fun to be a part of. I'm excited about the Dew paint scheme I'll be running at Darlington and look forward to making the other drivers green with envy."
    "This is my first year being associated with Mountain Dew, it's been fun so far," said rookie driver Kasey Kahne. "Everyone on the team has been great to work with and each week I meet new people who are part of the Mountain Dew team. I love Mountain Dew, so working with them comes naturally. Running the Dew car at Michigan this weekend is something I'm looking forward to. It's always fun to drive a car with different paint on it. It gets the fans' attention and if you do well it helps the sponsors." This marks the fourth year that Mountain Dew has sponsored Evernham Motorsports. Pepsi-Cola North America, the makers of Mountain Dew, has been involved with NASCAR since the sport was introduced in 1948. Today, Pepsi serves its products at 16 of the 23 Nextel Cup Series tracks and is the title sponsor of NASCAR Nextel Cup races in Daytona, Fla. (Pepsi 400), and Darlington, S.C. (Mountain Dew Southern 500).(Evernham Motorsports/Clear!Blue PR), see images of the cars on my #9 Team Paint Schemes and #19 Team Paint Schemes pages.(6-18-2004)

  • Mountain Dew Back with the #19 and will sponsor the #9: #9-Kasey Kahne, NASCAR Nextel Cup Series rookie, is the newest member of the Mountain Dew team. Kahne joins his Evernham Motorsports teammate, #19-Jeremy Mayfield, who has been sponsored by Mountain Dew since the 2002 season. Pepsi-Cola North America, makers of Mountain Dew, announced an agreement with Evernham Motorsports to extend their sponsorship to include rookie driver Kasey Kahne and the over-the-wall crew of Kahne’s #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge who compete in the Nextel Cup Series. The Evernham Motorsports pit crews for Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield will be known as the “Dew Crews.” Kahne’s Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will race in a special Mountain Dew color scheme for one race in 2004. In addition, Kahne and Mayfield will appear on in-store display materials and make appearances during the season for Mountain Dew. This marks the fourth straight year that Mountain Dew has sponsored Evernham Motorsports drivers and teams. Pepsi’s involvement with NASCAR began when the sport was introduced in 1948. Today, Pepsi serves its products at 16 of the 23 Nextel Cup Series tracks and is the title sponsor of NASCAR Nextel Cup races in Daytona, Fla. (Pepsi 400) and Darlington, S.C. (Mountain Dew Southern 500).(Clear!Blue PR)(2-13-2004)

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


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