THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Pepsi 400
Nextel Cup Race #17 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Saturday, July 3, 2004 in Daytona, FL
- TV: FOX 7:30pm/et
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, July 7 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
Thursday, July 8 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
Friday, July 9 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,804,363 (was $5,202,185 in 2003)
- Practice: Thursday, July 1, 3:15 - 4:45pm/et; Friday, July 2, 4:30 - 5:15pm/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Friday, July 2, 6:10 - 6:55pm/et on TV-FX at 6:30pm/et via tape.
- Qualifying Draw: Thursday, July 1st, 2:15pm/et
- Qualfying Order: or
Qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Thursday, July 1 at 8:00pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live [starting 7:30pm/et] with no re-air, live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 160 laps, 400 miles
Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
Date track opened: 1959
Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
Pit Road Speed: 55mph
Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
Pit Road Width: 50 feet
- Track Homepage: Daytona International Speedway site
- Feb 2004: see my Daytona 500 Race Info Page
- Last Year: see my 2003 Pepsi 400 Race Info Page.
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series – Race No. 17 – Pepsi 400
Saturday, July 3 – 7 p.m. ET – TV: FOX; Radio: MRN
NASCAR Busch Series – Race No. 18 – Winn-Dixie 250
Friday, July 2 – 7:30 p.m. ET – TV: FX; Radio: MRN
Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile oval) – Daytona Beach, Fla.
Fast Facts for July 1-3, 2004
Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials
Codes: Left - D-6800; Right - D-6802
Circumference: Left - 87.9 in.; Right - 88.4 in.
Estimated Pit Window: Every 34-38 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Number of Tires Required:
Nextel Cup: Left - 1,000, Right - 1,000
Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front - 30 psi
Left Rear - 30 psi
Right Front - 55 psi
Right Rear - 50 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 27 psi
Left Rear - 27 psi
Right Front - 50 psi
Right Rear - 45 psi
Notes: This is the same combination of left- and right-side tires Goodyear brought to Daytona in February . . . Daytona is the only track this combination will be run on in 2004 . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes this week . . . as on all NASCAR ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tires at Daytona. . .air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development – "At the beginning of Speed Weeks at Daytona in February, when we debuted this tire set-up, teams were trying to figure out NASCAR's new rules package at the superspeedway. Because cars had bigger rear spoilers, they generally ran tighter and changed the tire wear characteristics from what we had seen here in the past. Teams really took advantage of all the practice time they had and worked hard throughout the week to get their cars adjusted. As a result, we saw basically flawless tire performance in the Twin 125s and through the (Daytona) 500. We are bringing back the same tire set-up this time around, and we expect to have another great weekend."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Daytona 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(6-27-2004)
- 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 Daytona 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
(* won race and bonus)(6-27-2004)
WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO
IN-CAR AUDIO SITES
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Gordon wins from pole at Daytona: #24-Jeff Gordon held off teammate #48-Jimmie Johnson to win the rain-delayed Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. The win is Gordon's 68th career win, 4th of 2004, his 5th at Daytona and 3rd Pepsi 400, his first win at Daytona since the 1999 Daytona 500. #48-Johnson held onto 2nd place and increased his Nextel Cup points lead to 27 over #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt Jr. made an awesome move late in the race, a slingshot like move to pass two cars and take 2nd place, but the car went away and he fell back before recovering for 3rd. Rounding out the top five were #97-Busch and #20-Stewart. All four Hendrick Motorsports teams, #24-Gordon (WON), #48-Johnson (2nd), #5-Labonte (8th) and #25-Vickers (9th) finished in the top ten and a few times all four were in the top five. The highest finishing Dodge was #41-Casey Mears at 11th.
Race results at:
Jayski's Pepsi 400 Race Results from NASCAS
- Top Five [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Daytona:
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 2545
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2518, -27
#24-Jeff Gordon, 2318, -232
#20-Tony Stewart, 2203, -342
#17-Matt Kenseth, 2189, -356
Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Daytona page
- Last time the Pepsi 400 was won from the pole? 23 years ago UPDATE: The last time a driver won the Pepsi 400 from the Bud Pole was by Cale Yarborough in July 1981, 23 years ago(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-3-2004)
UPDATE: Jeff Gordon won from the pole in 2004, becoming the 5th driver in 46 races at Daytona's July race to do so.(7-4-2004)
- Race Notes: Jeff Gordon won the 2004 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, scoring his 68th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 382nd career start. His last victory came at Infineon Raceway, one race ago. Gordon remained seventh on NASCAR' all-time win list. Gordon won his second straight race from the Bud Pole, the second time in his career to do so. He also won two straight races from the Bud pole in June 1996: Dover and Pocono. Two of Gordon's five victories at Daytona International Speedway have come from the Bud Pole. Seventeen of Gordon's career victories have come from the Bud Pole. It was the third time in 2004 that a race was won from the Bud Pole, including the last two by Gordon. Jimmie Johnson won at Lowe's also from the Bud Pole. This is Gordon's eighth restrictor-plate victory in 47 career restrictor-plate races.
Kevin Harvick (14th) extended his streak of running at the finish in 56 straight races, a streak that began at Rockingham in November 2002. Harvick tied the modern era record (since 1972) of 56 set by Jeff Gordon: Bristol - March-2001 through Darlington-September 2002. Matt Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 52 straight races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(7-4-2004)
AND Gordon won his second straight race from the Bud Pole, the second time in his career to do so. He also won two straight races from the Bud pole in June 1996: Dover and Pocono. What is the modern era [1972-present] record? Darrell Waltrip won 4 consecutive races from the the pole in 1981 [Martinsville, North Wilksboro, Charlotte and Rockingham].(Speed Channel's Inside Nextel Cup TV Show)(7-6-2004)
- StockCarFans.com - Rumblings - Daytona: In what turned out to be another great plate race finish, Jeff Gordon (the lonely Cola) got pushed to the finish line by teammate Jimmie Johnson and won the Pepsi 400 tonight at Daytona International Speedway. After Dale Earnhardt Jr made the move of the year (and one that would have made his Dad proud) on the backstretch with 11 laps to go, it looked like we were going to have a rerun of the last plate race at Talladega, but Jr picked up a push the last half-dozen laps or so and it was a Hendrick Motorsports parade to the finish.
After getting started 2+ hours late, and running the first 9 laps under a green/yellow condition, I hope the ratings aren't reflective of the
late ending....but I'm afraid they will be. In any event, Gordon picked up career win #68, his 4th of 2004 (the most of any driver), his 5th at Daytona (Two 500's and Three 400's), and #124 for Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon led five times for 61 laps (the most in both categories), and in going back to back Jack, he helped lead the HMS contingent to the enviable result of having all of their cars in the Top-9! Gordon's piece of the over $5.8M in posted awards was $346,703, and we all get a free Pepsi Edge. Sounds pretty fair to me.
Kurt Busch (4th) had his best finish since he won at Bristol in March.
Joe Nemechek (10th) had his best finish since he was 6th here in February.
Bill Elliott (18th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Homestead last November (only 3 races).
Kerry Earnhardt (28th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 35th at Talladega in April.
Morgan Shepherd (33rd) had his best finish since he was 32nd at Martinsville in April.
Larry Gunselman (34th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 36th at Sears Point in May of 1996.
STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 10 Top-10's in the last 11 races.
This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Kurt Busch (+31), his first Op of the season. DOWN: The Big Dropper was Ward Burton (-32), followed by John Andretti (-25), Brendan Gaughan (-24), and Greg Biffle (-22). This was BD #2 for Ward.
Dave Blaney led tonight for the first time since he led once for two laps at California Speedway in April of 2003. Mike Wallace led tonight for the first time since he led once for 7 laps at Richmond last September. We're at 43 different leaders this season....last year's number was 48.
No change at the top....the margin is still 27 points between Jimmie Johnson & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kasey Kahne is now 111 points out of the final transfer spot.
Terry Labonte (24th to 21st) made the best move forward (in the Top-30), while five drivers fell two spots this week.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(7-4-2004)
- The Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
after 160 of 160 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot
#24-Gordon (1)(61 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (5)(23 laps led)
#20-Stewart (17)(12 laps led)
- Cars on the lead lap: 28 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (5):
#09-Hamilton Jr. (accident-out);
#42-McMurray (oil leak-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 with 21 lead changes):
#24-Gordon (61 most led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (23)
Cautions: 5 for 25 laps
Caution 5 - Laps 78 - 80: #50-Wallace cut down a left front tire and came up the track and slapped the wall, #77-Gaughan had no place to go and just clipped the left rear of Wallace, doing some damage to the right front of the #77.
Caution 4 - Laps 72 - 76: #09-Hamilton Jr. cut down a right rear tire and almost wacked the wall, but left tire debris.
Caution 3 - Laps 46 - 49: #1-Andretti cut down a left front tire and hit the wall.
Caution 2 - Laps 19 - 22: #0-Burton lost a right rear tire, got sideways, #17-Kenseth slowed down, went below Burton, but Burton came down and collected Kenseth, #49-Schrader, #32-Craven.
Caution 1 - Laps 1 - 9: Ran caution laps to help dry the track and start the tace
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Daytona - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 5: #49-Schrader [8 laps down], 35th
Caution 4: #96-Gunselman, 34th
Caution 3: #96-Gunselman, 34th
Caution 2: none, no one a lap down
Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- #16-Biffle cut a tire down while running 10th and had to pit with a few laps to go.
---- green flag stops occurred around the lap 139-142 range.
---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. and #15-Waltrip held off a few laps and had their pit stops all set up [lap 113], waited for pit road to clear, but two lapped cars came down at the same time in front of them and slowed down their stops and they went out around 13th or so after leading the race.
---- look for green flag pit stops around the 106-112 lap range.
---- #0-Burton is back on the track after the team made repairs. 55 laps down.
---- #09-Hamilton Jr. came into pit from his cut tire and causing the caution, went back onto the track and stopped on the track as the car started smoking and got out of the car.
---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. went into the grass to avoid #25-Vickers who got forced out wide by #24-Gordon, Earnhardt Jr. lost a bunch of spots, but didn't get stuck in the wet grass.
---- on the 4th caution, all the leaders came in to pit.
---- as of lap 67, #15-Waltrip is saying he is very loose and is falling back, after leading.
---- on lap 60 or so, #17-Kenseth is back on the track, down 40 laps.
---- on lap 58, #16-Biffle got sideways in the middle, but recovered, looked like he got a tad into the #30, but all drove on, Biffle fell back.
---- #32-Craven is back on the track around lap 50, after the team made repairs, 33 laps down.
---- during the third caution pit stops, #40-Marlin had problems on pit road and #42-McMurray got hit by #09-Hamilton Jr. and came back around to get checked out.
---- all the leaders came into pit during the 3rd caution.
---- #49-Schrader is back on the track after spending 7 laps in the garage to get repairs.
---- #32-Craven and #17-Kenseth teams are doing repairs on thier cars.
---- #45-Petty made many stops during the 2nd caution.
---- looks like all cars came into pit during the 2nd caution.
---- to the back, #9-Kahne (back-up car was to start 31st), #0-Burton (back-up car, 8th), #99-Burton (engine change, 26th) and have to go to the rear of the field before the start of the race.
- Where did the top 10 starters finish at Daytona?
#0-Burton ( to the back)
- Happy Hour practice for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the two scheduled practices were combined due to rain, and accident and fluid on the track. The top five were:
#0-Burton, 191.014 [in his primary car - not the backup]
Slowest were: #96-Gunselman 184.665 and #89-Shepherd 185.468
Most laps run: #17-Kenseth 50, #8-Earnhardt Jr. 46.
Top average speeds [all laps averaged]
Practice was also delayed due to #12-Newman leaking fluid on the track.
#9-Kahne and #0-Burton wrecked, both will go to backup cars.
See speeds at or NASCAR.com.(7-2-2004)
- To the BACK: #9-Kasey Kahne and #0-Ward Burton tangled coming out of turn two during Friday night's practice session. Kahne, who qualified 31st and Burton, who qualified 8th, will go to backup cars and move to the rear of the field Saturday night before the drop of the green flag of the Pepsi 400. Burton went totally airbourne and landed on all four tires, both drivers are OK.(7-2-2004)
AND add #99-Jeff Burton, engine change.(7-3-2004)
- Kahne's comments: "The car didn't feel exactly right, and we probably should have brought it in sooner and worked on it. I was just trying to search for the right lines, but it got loose coming out of the second turn. I'm sorry the 0 car got caught up in it. There wasn't anywhere for him to go. This was a brand new Dodge, but the backup car is a new one, too. I'm sure the team will get it ready for the race. I hope we can get back out and practice some tonight, but it's getting late and the skies don't look that good. Maybe rain would be a good thing."(Clear!Blue PR)(7-2-2004)
- StockCarFans.com - Ramblings - Daytona: It was Jeff Gordon again tonight, and Pepsi (at least for now) wins the
first battle in the Cola Wars. How in the world are they guys in the booth going to tell one car from another on Saturday Night? Jeff Gordon captured the Bud Pole for Saturday's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway tonight with a time of 47.705 sec (188.659)
mph....a full 1/100th of a second quicker than Michael Waltrip. It was Gordon's third pole in a row, his 4th of the season, and the 50th
of his Cup career. It's his first plate pole since he took the top-spot for the Daytona 500 of 1999 (a race he won), and he's now tied with Kasey Kahne for the most poles this season.
#99-Michael Waltrip (2nd) has his best starting spot since he nabbed the outside pole at Talladega in April.
#21-Ricky Rudd (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Talladega in April.
#88-Dale Jarrett (4th) has his best starting spot since he lined up on the outside pole at Dover in September of 2002!
#0-Ward Burton (8th) has his best starting spot since he started 6th at Martinsville in April.
#5-Terry Labonte (11th) has his best starting spot since he started 9th at Dover last September.....but qualifying was rained out that day and we lined up on points. This is his best spot on time since he started on the outside pole at Loudon last September.
#1-John Andretti (19th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 11th at Atlanta last October (only 7 races).
#33-Kerry Earnhardt (21st) has his career best starting spot for Saturday Night's race. His previous best was 27th at Michigan in August of 2000.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
Greg Biffle has 3 Top-10 starts in the last 4 races.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(7-1-2004)
- Gordon wins third pole in a row: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Bud Pole for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, with a speed of 188.659mph, beating out #15-Michael Waltrip, who went out first, held the pole with a speed of 188.620mph, until Gordon came out 11th of the 49 drivers and knocked Waltrip off the pole and held on the rest of the session. Waltrip held on to the outside pole. It is Gordon's 4th pole of 2004, first in this race since 1998, and his 50th of his career. #21-Ricky Rudd, #88-Dale Jarrett and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. round out the top 10.
Sadler's time disallowed - takes a provisional: Elliott Sadler's qualifying lap at 187.692 mph, which was ninth fastest in Thursday night's qualifying for the Pepsi 400, was disallowed after the rear quarterpanels were found to be too low on his #38 Ford after the session. Sadler will drop to the first provisional spot, meaning he'll start 39th on Saturday night. That moves Ricky Craven up to 38th as the last car to qualify on speed.()
For qualifying results/starting lineups, see:
Jayski's Pepsi 400 Qualifying/Starting Grid Page
- Rookie News and Notes - Pepsi 400
- Pole Progression at Daytona: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
#15-Michael Waltrip, 1st out to qualify, 188.620mph, starts 2nd
#24-Jeff Gordon, 11th out, 188.659, starts 1st
- Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
#9-Kasey Kahne, 186.073, starts 31st
#10-Scott Riggs, 187.868, starts 7th
#22-Scott Wimmer, 185.624, starts 37th
#25-Brian Vickers, 186.966, starts 14th
#77-Brendan Gaughan, 187.001, starts 12th
- Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #24-Jeff Gordon, 188.659, starts 1st
Dodge: #77-Brandon Gaughan, 187.001, starts 12th
Ford: #21-Ricky Rudd, 188.426, starts 3rd
Pontiac: none running this week
Toyota - oops, not yet.......(7-1-2004)
- Thurs. practice for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway is over, the fastest were:
#10-Scott Riggs, 188.194
#8-Earnhardt Jr., 187.766
slowest were: #72-Shelmerdine, 180.274 and #96-Gunselman, 180.520
No speed listed for #09-Hamilton Jr.
Top average speeds [all laps averaged]:
Most laps run: #40-Marlin, #22-Wimmer, #49-Schrader - 13 laps.
For speeds see or NASCAR.com.(7-1-2004)
- Qualifying Order links for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway are posted. 49 drivers are listed, none added or removed since the entry list was released. First driver scheduled out is #15-Michael Waltrip and last due out is Daytona 500 pole sitter, #16-Greg Biffle. Larry Gunselman is listed as #96 instead of the teams normal #98 as Bill Elliott is using the #98 at Daytona.(7-1-2004)
- Entry List Links:
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links
- How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
- How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).
- Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(6-28-2004)
- All 66: Six drivers have competed in all 66 restrictor-plate races at Daytona and Talladega: Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Rusty Wallace and Michael Waltrip.(4-27-2004)
- July 2003 Race Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 166.109mph, started 30th
- Race Speed Record: Bobby Allison, 1980, 173.473
- Slowest Race Record: Tim Richmond, 131.916mph, 7/1986
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bill Elliott, started 38th, 7/1988
- Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, 210.364mph, February 1987
- Track Qualifying Record with Restrictor Plate: Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989
- Restrictor Plates: Daytona is one of two tracks (the other being Talladega) that require the use of a restrictor plate on the engines to slow the cars down, see my Restrictor Plate page for info.
- 2003 Pole Sitter: Steve Park, 184.752mph, finished 39th
- Most Wins: 10 - Richard Petty
- Most Poles: 8 - Cale Yarborough
- Most Top 5s: 28 - Richard Petty
- Most Top 10s: 37 - Richard Petty
- Oldest Winner: Bobby Allison, 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, 2/14/88
- Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 27 days, 7/1/95
- Most Lead Changes: 60 - 2/17/74
- Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/63
- Most Leaders: 15, three times, most recently 2/18/96
- Fewest Leaders: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/63
- Most Cautions: 12, 7/1/89
- Fewest Cautions: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/71
- Most Caution Laps: 60, 2/25/68
- Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/71
- Most Finishers on a lead lap: 33, 2/16/03
- Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 1 - eight times, most recently 2/15/76
- Most Running at the Finish: 40, 7/5/03
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 2/12/65
- Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 142, Cale Yarborough, 7/4/68
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 184, Richard Petty, 2/23/64
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1, Jimmy Spencer, 7/2/94
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 30 - Chevy
- Races won from starting pos 1: 21 [of 113 races] 18.6%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 18, 15.9%
- Races won from starting pos 3: 10, 8.9%
- Races won from starting pos 4: 11
- Races won from starting pos 5: 3
- Races won from starting pos 6: 7
- Races won from starting pos 7: 6
- Races won from starting pos 8: 6
- Races won from starting pos 9: 8
- Races won from starting pos 10: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11: 2
- Races won from starting pos 12: 4
- Races won from starting pos 13: 3
- Races won from starting pos 14: 1
- Races won from starting pos 15: 3
- Races won from starting pos 19: 4
- Races won from starting pos 21: 1
- Races won from starting pos 30: 1
- Races won from starting pos 32: 1
- Races won from starting pos 33: 1
- Races won from starting pos 38: 1
- AI2 Singer and US Marine to sing Anthem: Lyric Street Records recording artist and "American Idol 2" sensation Josh Gracin will sing the National Anthem for the 46th annual Pepsi 400 on Saturday night and will perform a 30-minute pre-race concert. The 23-year-old Gracin, currently a U.S. Marine based at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif., recently released his self-titled album earlier this month and his current single "I Want To Live" is 14th on the Billboard Singles Chart.(DIS PR)(7-2-2004)
- Daytona double: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will try to pull off the Daytona double and win the Daytona 500 and the Pepsi 400 in the same year. It won't be an easy feat for Earnhardt Jr. as only Bobby Allison (1982), LeeRoy Yarbrough (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) and Fireball Roberts (1962) have been able to win the Daytona 500 and the Pepsi 400 in the same year. In February, Earnhardt Jr. held off Tony Stewart and Scott Wimmer to capture his first triumph in the "Great American Race." Also in Speedweeks 2004,
Earnhardt Jr. captured the Hershey's 300 NASCAR Busch Series race, a Gatorade 125-mile qualifier and finished second in the Budweiser Shootout.(DIS PR)(6-29-2004)
- Biffle going for Back-to-back: Roush Racing's Greg Biffle will be shooting for his second straight Pepsi 400 victory at Daytona International Speedway. Only four drivers -- Glenn "Fireball" Roberts (1962-1963), A.J. Foyt (1964-1965), Cale Yarborough (1967-1968) and David Pearson (1972-1974) - have been able to capture back-to-back victories in the mid-summer classic.(DIS PR)(6-29-2004)
- Eight Different Winners in the last Eight Races in the Pepsi 400 [and 12 different in the last 13 races]:
2003: #16-Greg Biffle
2002: #15-Michael Waltrip
2001: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2000: #99-Jeff Burton
1999: #88-Dale Jarrett
1998: #24-Jeff Gordon (also won in 1995)
1997: #98-John Andretti [part-time]
1996: #4-Sterling Marlin [now in the #40]
1994: #27-Jimmy Spencer [now in the #4]
1993: #3-Dale Earnhardt (won in 1990)[deceased]
1992: #4-Ernie Irvan [retired]
1991: #9-Bill Elliott [part-time](7-6-2003)
- NFL QB Named Grand Marshal for the Pepsi 400: Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich has been named Grand Marshal of the 46th annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 3 at Daytona International Speedway. Due to a scheduling conflict, NBA All-Star guard Tracy McGrady, who was recently named Grand Marshal for the Pepsi 400, will be unable to attend. "I'm excited to be part of the Pepsi family and take over the duties from Tracy," Leftwich said. "I'm looking forward to being part of the festivities for the upcoming Pepsi 400 and giving the starting command." Leftwich, a 2003 first-round draft choice from Marshall University, threw for 2,819 yards and 16 touchdowns in his rookie season for the Jaguars. He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in December after leading the Jaguars to two home victories. During his college career, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback was a prolific passer for the Thundering Heard, compiling 11,903 yards and 89 touchdowns. As a three-year starter for one of college football's most explosive offenses, Leftwich set Mid-American Conference records for passing yards and total offense. Tickets for the Pepsi 400 Weekend are still available online at daytonainternantionalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 1-800-PITSHOP.(Speedway PR)(6-29-2004)
- Infield renovation: Following the Pepsi 400, the Daytona International Speedway will begin a multi-million dollar infield renovation, which includes a new tunnel, new NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garages, new NASCAR Busch garages, a new Gatorade Victory Lane, a Fan Zone, new specialty vehicle parking, new scoring trilons and expansion of the existing media center. The massive undertaking is scheduled to be completed in time for the Speedway's World Karting Association events in December. The project will not alter the layout of the track's surface.(DIS PR)(6-29-2004)
- National Anthem on Pole Night: From a field of approximately 150 singers, Orlando's Tara Rowell emerged after three weeks of competition to capture first place in Daytona International Speedway's inaugural "Straightaway to Stardom" singing talent contest. By claiming the win, the mother of four will now showcase her talent in front of thousands by singing the National Anthem at the Circle K Pole Qualifying Night for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 1.(DIS PR)(6-29-2004)
- New Emergency Plan at Daytona: Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR unveiled a new emergency services game plan to safety workers Saturday, but the procedure for halting a race remains a sticking point for some. About 130 part-time emergency services employees attended Saturday's meeting, which was closed to the media, to review track procedures and voice concerns about their safety during Speedway events later this week. Two key changes will be in place for the Pepsi 400 weekend events. First, track observers on platforms around the 2.5-mile oval will switch over to the primary emergency services radio frequency and spot for safety workers attending to an accident site. Observers previously were responsible only for spotting oil and debris on the track. Track worker Roy Weaver was killed in February after being struck by a race car during a caution period. Second, the Speedway's new three-tier command radio communication system also is designed to alleviate needless chatter by allowing only a few safety officials to speak at any time. The stopping of a race with a red flag, meanwhile, remains in the hands of the sanctioning body [NASCAR]. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said by phone Saturday that race officials want safety workers to communicate red flag requests to those in NASCAR's chase vehicle, who in turn will report to the control tower, where the final decision rests. If the chase vehicle is not there, safety workers can communicate directly with the tower. Race officials will meet with another group of Speedway safety workers today.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-27-2004)
- SAFER Install underway at DIS: Installation of Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barriers are currently underway at Daytona International Speedway. The project to install the SAFER barriers is scheduled to be complete by June 27. The Pepsi 400 Weekend is scheduled for July 1-3. The SAFER barrier at Daytona International Speedway will run continuously for 3,050 feet from the entrance to Turn 1 through the exit of Turn 2 and 3,050 feet from the entrance to Turn 3 through the exit of turn 4. Additional SAFER barrier with a length of nearly 900 feet will run along the inside Superstretch wall and another 900 feet of SAFER barrier will run along the inside wall of the skid pad in Turn 4. In the tri-oval, there will be 1,270 feet of SAFER barrier.(DIS PR)(6-8-2004)
- SAFER at Daytona...go watch: A specialized construction crew will begin hanging so-called "soft walls" on the turns around the Daytona International Speedway starting Monday. The walls will give when struck by a race car, helping protect the driver from serious injury. The soft walls are hardly soft -- they are made of steel and sheets of hard foam. But when the $2.3-million job is finished, in time for the July 3 Pepsi 400 and related races, the track's most dangerous walls will be much more forgiving than the existing concrete. The Speedway and its owner, International Speedway Corp., are paying Indianapolis-based Elrod Fabrication to install the SAFER barriers over the next few weeks. Jeff Elrod, president of the fabrication company, said the absolute completion date is June 26. The SAFER barriers will front the outside concrete walls in Turns 1 through 4 and in the tri-oval, the dogleg turn at the start-finish line. Elrod will also install SAFER on the inside walls exiting Turns 2 and 4.
Want to Watch? Race fans and engineering buffs may observe the installation of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier at Daytona International Speedway. The Speedway will open a section of the Oldfield Grandstands at no charge. The track also runs sightseeing trams through the infield everyday. Call the Speedway for tram ticket information at (386) 253-7223.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-6-2004)
- Dale Jr. President of DIS...for a day UPDATE lots of announcements: NASCAR says Dale Earnhardt Jr. will serve as "president" of Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday. His duties are scheduled to include the announcement of the purse for the July 3 Pepsi 400 Nextel Cup race as well as the selection of the paint scheme for the Pepsi 400 pace car.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(6-2-2004)
UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2004 Daytona 500 champion, took on a second job on Wednesday, President of Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt Jr. filled in for Speedway President Robin Braig and performed several presidential duties at the "World Center of Racing" which included:
· Selected the paint scheme for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo that will pace the Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 3. It's the first time since
1969 that a Chevrolet has paced the Pepsi 400 and the first time a Monte Carlo has paced the field in the history of the mid-summer
· Announced that Orlando Magic guard and NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady will serve as Grand Marshal for the Pepsi 400.
· Announced a record purse of $5,804,363 for this year's Pepsi 400 on Saturday, July 3, an increase of more than $800,000. The winner of this year's Pepsi 400 will collect a minimum of $266,475.
· Offered a special 8-pack ticket package for the Pepsi 400 weekend for $308. The package includes four general admission tickets to the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo and four Superstretch tickets for the Pepsi 400. The offer, which is good June 2 through June 8, is available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or go online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Earnhardt Jr. also worked at the counters selling tickets at the ticket office.
· Looked over the new infield renovation plans for the Speedway. The construction for the new garages, Gatorade Victory Lane, tunnel, fan walk and specialty vehicle area will begin following the Pepsi 400.(DIS PR)(6-3-2004)
- 2005 Daytona 500 Tickets On Sale NOW: ~ 272 Days Until The 2005 Daytona 500 ~
On Saturday, May 29, ticket sales for the 47th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 2005 went on sale. Prior to Saturday, May 29, renewals and deposits for seat assignments for the Daytona 500 were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500, the kick off to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, is the biggest, richest and most prestigious stock car race of the year. Daytona International Speedway offers several convenient methods for fans to purchase tickets to the "Great American Race."
Online at www.DAYTONA500.com
Visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office inside the lobby of DAYTONA USA
Also available for purchase through www.DAYTONA500.com or 1-800-PITSHOP include:
Tickets for other Speedweeks 2005 events, including the Hershey's 300 NASCAR Busch Series race, the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and the Crown Royal IROC Series, the Gatorade 125's and the Budweiser Shootout.
Hospitality packages including the Daytona Club, the Green Flag Club and the Party Zone.
Pre-race pit passes for the Daytona 500.
Tickets for the upcoming Pepsi 400 Weekend on July 1-3, including the Pepsi 400 on Saturday night, July 3, the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night, July 2 and Circle K Pole Qualifying Night and the Paul Revere 250 presented by Brumos Porsche on Thursday, July 1.(DIS PR)(5-30-2004)
- Circle K To Sponsor Pepsi 400 Qualifying Night Circle K will sponsor pole qualifying for the Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at the Daytona International Speedway. Circle K Pole Qualifying Night will be held under the lights on Thursday night, July 1. Tickets for Circle K Pole Qualifying Night and the Paul Revere 250 presented by Brumos Porsche are available online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS PR)(4-10-2004)
- Changes Coming at Daytona UPDATE: Daytona International Speedway is expected to announce today a massive construction project which will dramatically change the look of the entire infield. Speedway president Robin Braig has called a press conference today to explain the redevelopment plans, which include a new Nextel Cup Series garage area, a tunnel under Turn 1 and a different location for Victory Lane. DIS also plans to fill part of trademark Lake Lloyd to make room for more parking inside the track. This enormous capital project, which will cost International Speedway Corp. millions of dollars to complete, is designed to modernize the 2.5-mile tri-oval, which opened for business in 1959. North American Testing Company, an engineering subsidiary of ISC, drew up all the construction plans for the Speedway's facelift. The Speedway has canceled its fall schedule of events -- including Fall Cycle Scene and the Grand American season finale -- with the hope of completing all this work in time for Speed Weeks 2005. According to sources familiar with the project, many of the buildings and structures in the garage and paddock areas will be razed or moved to other locations outside Speedway property. The Benny Kahn Media Center, which is now an auxiliary press area, and NASCAR's current technical and inspection areas, will be demolished. The tin-roof shelters that serve as the Busch Series garage will be relocated outside the Speedway as cover for company vehicles. Several small buildings behind pit road -- the Pepsi scoring room, Victory Lane and the Speedway's operations department -- will be dismantled or destroyed. Once those facilities have been removed, the Speedway will build a series of concrete buildings to house a state-of-the-art garage area for a variety of competitors. The new garages will add heating and air conditioning -- a new standard in the racing industry. The area now known as the Nextel Cup garage will be refurbished and used by various competitors during the peak of Speed Weeks events. Another source said the Speedway may use this opportunity to create a premium grandstand/suite area along pit road. DIS has always built new grandstand seating on the outside of the course. The operations and maintenance facility, which is now housed behind the scoring stand and takes up a large chunk of valuable infield realty, will be relocated to an area outside the track, beyond Turn 2. When the Speedway was being built in 1958, it boasted a set of tunnels in Turn 4 that allow traffic to flow to and from the infield during an on-track event. Those tunnels will remain in place. The new tunnel system in Turn 1 will be more than twice the size of the originals, big enough to allow campers, motor homes and even tractor-trailers to pass under the racing surface. Lake Lloyd was created when construction crews in '58 needed dirt from that area to form Daytona's famous 31-degree banking. Once the area was dug out, the Speedway turned it into a water retention sight and named it after a former local car dealer.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(3-24-2004)
UPDATE: In one of its most aggressive construction projects since Daytona International Speedway was built in 1958, track officials on Wednesday announced an exciting, multi-million dollar, multi-faceted infield renovation project making "The World Center of Racing" not only the most prestigious track on the NASCAR circuit, but one of the most modern as well.
The immense project, scheduled to begin following the 46th running of the Pepsi 400 on July 3, will include a new tunnel, new NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garages, new NASCAR Busch garages, a new Gatorade Victory Lane, a Fan Zone, new waterfront specialty vehicle parking, new scoring trilons and expansion of the existing media center.
The massive undertaking is scheduled to be completed in time for the Speedway's World Karting Association events in December. The project will not alter the layout of the tracks surface.
"Without a doubt, this is one of the most expansive and aggressive projects at Daytona International Speedway," said DIS President Robin Braig. "Our goal has always been to make "The World Center of Racing" unique and fan friendly. Our new amenities make it just that for our fans, officials, competitors and sanctioning bodies."
Specifically, the infield 'face-lift" includes:
* A new tunnel located in Turn One will be able to accommodate team transport vehicles and guests specialty vehicles.
* New NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garage area.
* New NASCAR Busch series garages similar to the NASCAR Nextel Cup garages.
* A new Gatorade Victory Lane which will include a "Victory Lane Club" for fans wishing to experience the excitement of the area during post-race revelry.
* A Fan Zone, located between the NASCAR NEXTEL and NASCAR Busch garages with a "Walk of Champions."
* Expansion of the existing media center to accommodate ever-growing media covering events at Daytona International Speedway.
"The fan experience has always been a priority for International Speedway Corporation," said ISC President Lesa France Kennedy. "Our
additional fan amenities continue to keep Daytona International Speedway in the forefront of fan-friendly facilities."(DIS PR see morr at the DIS Site)(3-25-2004)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Daytona International Speedway
- Confiscated parts...new spring rule? NASCAR inspectors appeared to have a light day’s work Thursday. Only two items were tagged and placed on display at the NASCAR hauler following Thursday’s pre-qualifying inspections at Daytona International Speedway. The rear decklid of the #09 Dodge driven by Bobby Hamilton Jr. was confiscated as were two unapproved oil line expansion hoses from the #30 AOL Chevrolet driven by Dave Blaney.()
AND Stock-car chassis specialists were up in arms yesterday at NASCAR's newest Daytona inspection procedures and were demanding changes. NASCAR hands out special shocks to each team here to keep costs down and keep teams from using exotic technology. But NASCAR lets teams use their own springs, and some trick springs can cost $500 apiece. Yesterday, NASCAR cracked down on that, confiscated large numbers of springs and promised a new rule. Crews said the best thing would be for NASCAR to hand them springs along with the shocks. NASCAR, in fact, has talked with spring makers about that possibility.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-2-2004)
- #23 gets sponsor for Daytona: Race Rock Supercharged Restaurant in Orlando would be the primary sponsor on the #23 Bill Davis Racing Dodge this weekend in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Race Rock Supercharged Restaurant in Orlando has been open for eight years and has become the must see location for tourists with over one million visitors per year. Bobby Moore, president of Race Rock Supercharged Restaurant in Orlando, is a former elephant trainer, a racing enthusiast but more recently a successful restaurant entrepreneur that has assembled some of the biggest names in racing to make Race Rock a success. Richard and Kyle Petty, Mario and Michael Andretti, Jeff Gordon, Rusty Wallace, Geoffrey Bodine, Ernie Irvan, Don Prudhomme, John Force, Darrell Gwynn, Dave Schultz, and Scott Parker are all owners of Race Rock. Tony Raines will drive the #23 for Bill Davis Racing and Race Rock Supercharged Restaurant this weekend. It will mark Raines’s first start for Bill Davis Racing. For more information on Race Rock Supercharged Restaurant in Orlando, please visit www.racerock.com.(BDR Site)(7-1-2004)
- 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)
- Raines in the #23 at Daytona UPDATE: Tony Raines will drive a second [#23] car for Bill Davis Racing at Daytona next weekend. Dave Blaney had driven the car until leaving to join Richard Childress Racing full time.(Roanoke Times)(6-26-2004)
AND Raines will supposedly also run at Indy in the Brickyard 400 for Davis in the #23 Dodge.(6-29-2004)
- McClure tunes up for Nextel Cup with LPR win: Eric McClure tuned up for his attempt to qualify for his second career NASCAR Nextel Cup race by taking a first and second in the Late Model division twin 50-lap races Saturday at Lonesome Pine Raceway. The LPR appearance was the first for McClure in four weeks. After finishing 26th in his Nextel Cup debut in the April running of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega, McClure hopes to make the field for Saturday's running of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona.(Coalfield.com)(6-29-2004)
- 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)
- Kerry Earnhardt to run five Cup races for RCR in the #33 UPDATE 2 Skinner in the Daytona 500?:- Kerry Earnhardt will compete in five NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races in 2004 for Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in the #33 Bass Pro Shops Chevy. Earnhardt, 34, is the eldest son of Dale Earnhardt who, with RCR, earned 67 race wins and six of his seven NASCAR Cup Series championships. He is scheduled to compete April 25 at Talladega, May 22 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord for the NASCAR All-Star Challenge, July 3 at Daytona, Oct. 3 at Talladega and Atlanta on Oct. 31 [Halloween]. Earnhardt has one Nextel Cup start, driving the #71 Marcis Auto Racing Chevrolet at Michigan on Aug. 20, 2000. He also has 65 NASCAR Busch Series starts since 2000, earning two top-five and five top-10 finishes. In 11 starts over two seasons (2000-01) in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, he had four wins, seven top-five and eight top-10 finishes. RCR and Bass Pro Shops have maintained a relationship since 1998, when the nation’s leading retailer of premium outdoor gear signed on as an associate sponsor of the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. That same year, Dale Earnhardt drove a Bass Pro Shop paint-schemed car in The Winston at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.(RCR PR)
AND Earnhardt will attempt to make the starting field for the Daytona 500.(Gaston Gazette)(1-22-2004)
UPDATE: been told by RCR there are no plans for Earnhardt to run the Daytona 500.(1-23-2004)
UPDATE 2: from a FoxSports column - The color black is part of Bass Pro Shops sponsorship package for the five Nextel Cup races that they plan to do. In fact, I [Larry McReynolds] think Mike Skinner is going to drive the #33 car in the Daytona 500, but I think it's going to be an AOL car.(FoxSports)(1-26-2004)
- See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- 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)
- Black AOL car: Instead of the regular AOL blue and gold paint scheme, Dave Blaney's #30 Chevrolet will carry an AOL for Broadband special design in black and gold to run under the lights at Daytona for the Pepsi 400.(RCR PR)(7-1-2004)
- Marines on the #40 Dodge: The Coors Light Dodge will be sporting a Marines paint scheme this weekend at the Pepsi 400. This is the second of four races that the Coors Light Dodge will be featuring the Marines paint scheme.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see the #40 Team Paint Scheme page for an image.(7-1-2004)
- NRA on the #33: The #33 Bass Pro Shops Chevy with Kerry Earnhardt driving, will sport a special paint scheme this weekend saluting the National Rifle Association (NRA). The NRA boasts a membership of approximately 4 million people and is the foremost conservation and firearms safety organization. Additionally, the NRA certifies over 48,000 firearm instructors who train millions of gun owners every year. Over 11,800 certified law enforcement instructors educate members of the law enforcement community along with military personnel. The "Eddie Eagle" gun safety program has reached over 16 million kids since 1998. The NRA has spent over $100 million over the last 10 years on gun safety and education programs.(RCR PR)(7-1-2004)
- 20th Anniversary Of Petty's 200th: During pre-race ceremonies for the Pepsi 400, the 20th anniversary of Richard Petty's 200th NASCAR victory will be celebrated with Petty taking the checkered flag in his famous #43 Pontiac. Petty, NASCAR's all-time wins leader, will also receive several special gifts and awards as Daytona International Speedway recreates a landmark moment in the history of NASCAR. Petty, driving his famous #43 STP Pontiac, captured his 200th and final NASCAR victory in the 1984 Pepsi Firecracker 400, all with the late President Ronald Reagan in attendance. Petty nipped Cale Yarborough at the start/finish line to take the white flag and the yellow flag to secure the milestone victory.(DIS PR)(6-29-2004)
- Special Coca Cola Schemes at the Pepsi 400 UPDATE: interesting, hearing that eight drivers will run special Coca-Cola C2 [never flavor of coke, less sugar or something] schemes at Daytona in the July 3rd, 'Pepsi 400'. The drivers? #29-Harvick, #1-Andretti, #91-Elliott, #16-Biffle, #97-Busch, #99-Burton, #21-Rudd and #20-Stewart. See images of the #29 and #1 on my 2004 Cup Schemes page.(6-4-2004)
ADDED: #16, #21, #97 and #99 Coca-Cola C2 to my 2004 Cup Schemes page.(6-5-2004)
UPDATE: Bill Elliott has become a big player in the cola wars that will be fought at Daytona International Speedway next month. The July 3 Nextel Cup race is sponsored by Pepsi, but Atlanta-based Coca-Cola has chosen the event for a huge promotion of its new mid-calorie, reduced-carb beverage, Coca-Cola C2. Elliott, who hasn't raced in Cup since April 4 at Texas, will drive a Coke-sponsored #98 Dodge [not sure how this effects the current #98 Ford team and who would get to use the number, they are listed at #198 for owners, and last I heard, #98 is held by Yates, assume Elliott would be owner #298]. Because his usual car owner Ray Evernham has a deal with Pepsi, Elliott will have to be his own car owner. He will lease the car from Evernham, and after a recent test at Daytona is confident of a strong run. "I'm looking forward to this," Elliott said Wednesday. "Coke's from Georgia and so am I, so for me this is a really neat deal." Seven other drivers will be carrying the C2 colors at Daytona, including #1-John Andretti, who like Elliott, is running a limited schedule this season. Elliott's return as a car owner actually will come this weekend at Michigan when he'll field an ARCA car for his dirt racing buddy, Ray Cook. "Ray's a good young driver and he's worked awfully hard at racing," Elliott said. "I'm just trying to open some doors for him and help him get some credibility."(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and see the #20 Home Depot/Coca-Cola image on my #20 Team Paint Scheme page.(6-17-2004)
- Smirnoff Ice Back with Kenseth: Smirnoff Ice will sponsor Roush Racing driver Matt Kenseth in six races during the 2004 season:
May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s
July 3 Pepsi 400 at Daytona
July 25 New England 300 at New Hampshire
August 8 Brickyard 400 at Indy
September 5 Pop Secret 500 at California
October 3 EA Sports 500 at Talladega
Smirnoff will also have secondary sponsorship on the DeWALT car for the remaining 2004 races.(Mattkenseth.com), see images of the car and a new DeWalt scheme on the #17 Team Schemes page.(2-4-2004)
- Gordon, Pepsi and a Billion: #24-Jeff Gordon and Pepsi Team up again to bring the Pepsi “Billion” car back to the track at the July 3rd, 2004 Pepsi 400 in Daytona.(1-23-2004)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery