THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO


    THE RACE: Sirius @ the Glen

    Nextel Cup Race #22 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, August 15, 2004 in Watkins Glen, NY

  • TV: TNT 2:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: TNT - 1:30pm/et - with host Bill Weber

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, August 18 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, August 19 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, August 20 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach

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

  • War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests



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

  • Purse/Race Awards: $4,615,500 (was $3,954,655 in 2003)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, August 13, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et; Saturday, August 14, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 14, 11:10 - 11:55am/et LIVE on TV-Speed Channel.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 13, 10:20am/et

  • Qualfying Order Links: moved to the race results section below
  • Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-38, Friday, August 13 at 3:10pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live, re-air 8:00pm/et and 2:00am/et, live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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


  • Track Specs:
    a 2.45-mile paved road course.
    90 laps, 220.5 miles
    It has 11 turns with a variety of banking in turns ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees.
    The length of the frontstretch is 2,150 feet and the length of the backstretch is 2,600 feet.
    Watkins Glen International has hosted the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen since 1986.

  • Track Homepage: www.theglen.com

  • Last Year: see my 2004 Watkins Glen Race Info page


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Front - 1,000;
    Rear - 1,000
    Tire Codes:
    Front - D-6836;
    Rear - D-6840

    Tire Circumference:
    Front - 87.4 in.;
    Rear - 87.4 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 23 psi;
    Right Front - 23 psi;
    Left Rear - 20 psi;
    Right Rear - 20 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 22 psi;
    Right Front - 20 psi;
    Left Rear - 17 psi;
    Right Rear - 17 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-36 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the first time Goodyear has brought this specific combination of tires to Watkins Glen . . . Nextel Cup teams ran the same tire code in all four tire positions at The Glen in 2003, but will run different codes on the front and rear at the track in 2004 . . . Cup teams have already run this same combination at the series' other road course at Infineon Raceway in June . . . while this rear tire is unique to the series' two road courses, Cup teams ran this front-tire (D-6836) on the right side at Martinsville earlier this season . . . as at Infineon, Nextel Cup teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.

    Goodyear Quote - Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "To get ready for our 2004 lineup, we tested this tire set-up with Robbie Gordon and Bobby Labonte at Watkins Glen last July. Over the past couple years, we ran the same tire code in all four tire positions on the road courses. This year we decided to make a change and run different codes on the front and rear. The construction on these rear tires is softer than in the past, and that will help the cars gain rear bite. We also softened the compounds all around this season, which will help with overall grip as well."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at Watkins Glen for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
    2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
    Matt Kenseth, March 2004, Las Vegas, $30,000)
    Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
    Jimmie Johnson, Pocono, August 2004, $90,000
    (8-10-2004)

  • 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 Watkins Glen: $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: Jamie McMurray, $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*
    (* won race and bonus)(#29-Harvick and #48-Johnson are not eligible)
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings: Jeff Gordon 11
    Tony Stewart 9
    Matt Kenseth 6
    (8-10-2004)


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


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

none listed


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Stewart wins at Watkins Glen: #20-Tony Stewart, suffering from leg cramps and an upset stomach, gutted it out and won the Sirius @ the Glen at Watkins Glen International, his 2nd win of 2004 [Chicago], his 2nd win at Watkins Glen, his 3rd road course win and 19th career win. Stewart didn't give a victory lane interview as a cart was waiting for him to take him back to his trailer. #1-Ron Fellows ended up 2nd after starting 43rd, the rest of the top five were #6-Mark Martin, #41-Casey Mears [his best career finish] and #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. #31-Robby Gordon's brakes went away at the end and he finished 16th, #24-Jeff Gordon lost all but 4th gear with around 10 laps to go and finished 21st. Points leader, #48-Jimmie Johnson lost an engine early and ended up 40th and with Gordon finishing 21st, Johnson keeps the points lead, but just by 40 points and #-Earnhardt Jr. closed up to 128 points behind.
    For race results, see:
    Jayski's Watkins Glen Race Results / Awards page

    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(8-15-2004)

  • Top Five Drivers Points Standings after Watkins Glen:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3143
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 3103, -40
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3015, -128
    #20-Tony Stewart, 2951, -192
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 2876, -267
    The race for 10th
    9th: #18-Labonte, +58
    10th: #19-Mayfield, 2656
    11th: #9-Kahne, -24
    12th: #12-Newman, -29
    13th: #6-Martin, -72
    14th-#88-Jarrett, -83
    15th:#42-McMurray, -99
    Standings at:
    Jayski's Driver/Owners Points after Watkins Glen page

    NASCAR.com.(8-15-2004)

  • Watkins Glen Race Notes: Tony Stewart won the 2004 Sirius at the Glen, scoring his 19th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 198th career start. His last victory came at Chicagoland in July, four races ago.
    Stewart scored his second victory at Watkins Glen. Stewart last won here in 2002. He joins Jeff Gordon (four), Mark Martin (three), Ricky Rudd (two) and Rusty Wallace (two) as the only drivers with multiple victories at Watkins Glen.
    This is his second victory in 2004 and his third career victory in 12 road-course races.
    Stewart led four times for 46 laps including the final 15, leading the most laps for the fifth time in 2004.
    This is the 14th victory for Chevrolet in 2004. Ford has six and Dodge has two.
    The top-six drivers are locked into the top-10 for this coming week. Sixth-place Elliott Sadler is 160 points ahead of 11th-place Kasey Kahne and providing he competes in the next race, cannot drop out of the top 10. Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte, and Jeremy Mayfield all could conceivably lose their top-10 ranking at Michigan.
    Jeremy Mayfield climbed from 12th to 10th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings and became the first driver to enter the top-10 in the point standings since Bobby Labonte moved from 12th to 10th following race No. 9 at Talladega, 14 races ago.
    Jimmie Johnson (40th today) remained first in the point standings for the ninth time in his career. Johnson ranked first in the standings after Kansas City in September 2002 and first in the last eight races. Johnson has a 40-point lead over second-place Jeff Gordon.
    Johnson lost 135 points of his point lead in the 2004 Brickyard 400 and 57 at Watkins Glen for a 192 point loss in the last two races.
    Johnson scored his fourth DNF in 2004. This marked the first time in Johnson's career that he scored consecutive DNFs.
    Ron Fellows (second) scored first top-10 finish in his first race of 2004. It is his 11th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. It is his seventh race at Watkins Glen. He tied his career-best finish of second recorded here in 1999. • Mark Martin (third) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2004. This was his 15th top-10 finish in 17 races at Watkins Glen International. He is only 72 points from 10th-place Mayfield. Martin has scored an amazing 31 top-10 finishes in 37 career road-course races.
    Casey Mears (fourth) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2004. This was his second race at Watkins Glen.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (fifth) scored his 13th top-10 finish in 2004. It was his second top-10 finish in five races at Watkins Glen, both in the last two races. He remained third in the point standings, 128 behind Johnson.
    Matt Kenseth has ranked among the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 in 57 straight races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-15-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumbings - Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart had the dominant car pretty much from the get-go, made it through the race in distress, and re-claimed the lead from Casey Mears on lap 76 to capture today's Sirius at the Glen. And yet once again, we had no Victory Lane "Made for TV" today. Tho sick all day, Tony dominated at Watkins Glen, grabbing his 3rd road course victory, his second here at the Glen, his second of the season, and the 19th of his Cup career. He's now tied for 30th all-time with some pretty famous names....Davey Allison, Buddy Baker, and Fonty Flock. This was win #42 for Joe Gibbs, and was worth $195,288 for Stewart from the over $4.6M in posted awards.
    For me, the highlight of the race was a vintage Sterling Marlin quote. It's a pleasure when we still get to hear a driver speak his mind (thoI don't know that Greg Biffle liked it)....a "bug-eyed dummy" is 'bout as country as it gets!
    Ron Fellows (2nd) tied his career-best finish today. He was also the runner-up here in August of 1999 (only 7 races).
    Casey Mears (4th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 7th (which he'd done four times this season, the last of which came at Infineon in June). Those (2) Top-5's give us 26 drivers to hit that mark this season....last year's number was 30.
    Kevin Harvick (6th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Talladega in April.
    Ricky Rudd (8th) had his best finish since he was the runner-up at Loudon last September.
    Fellows' and Rudd's Top-10's give us 35 drivers at that mark this season... last year's number for that category was 42.
    Kyle Petty (18th) had his best finish since he was 18th at Michigan in June.
    Hermie Sadler (33rd) had his best finish since he was 26th at Martinsville in April (only 6 races).
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 5 Top-5's in the last 6 races.
    Jeremy Mayfield has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Ron Fellows (+41), followed by Ricky Rudd (+21). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Jimmie Johnson (-39). On a slim day in the "Shaft", Fellows can claim an almost perfect score!
    Any other year we'd be talking about the how tight the points have gotten at the top, but we hardly even notice that Jimmie Johnson's lead is now down to just 40 points over teammate Jeff Gordon. Jeremy Mayfield has taken hold of the final transfer spot after today as Ryan Newman fell to 12th in the standings. Mayfield's teammate Kasey Kahne is just 24 points behind (with Newman another 5 behind him), so there's no stopping for a breath in that bunch.
    Robby Gordon advanced four spots today (23rd to 19th), while Greg Biffle (21st to 24th) fell three positions.(Stock Car Fans Nextel Cup Newsletter)(8-15-2004)

  • The Sirius @ the Glen at Watkins Glen International:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 90 of 90 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot

    #20-Stewart (4)(46 laps led)
    #1-Fellows (43) - 1.517 seconds behind
    #6-Martin (15)
    #41-Mears (16)(8 laps led) - ran out of gas, lost a spot
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.(3)

    #29-Harvick (9)(1 lap led)
    #19-Mayfield (12)
    #21-Rudd (29)
    #17-Kenseth (5)
    #97-Busch (7)(1 lap led)

    Jayski's Driver Spotlites:
    #31-Gordon (31) - 16th, brake problem
    #1-Fellows (43) - 2nd
    #24-Gordon (2) - 21st - only 4th gear

  • Cars on the lead lap: 24 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (12):
    #98-Gunselman (transmision-out)
    #4-Spencer (engine-out)
    #50-Bodine (brakes-out)
    #48-Johnson (engine-out)
    #5-Labonte (engine-out)
    #0-Burton (engine-out)
    #89-Shepherd (rearend-out)
    #16-Biffle (engine-out)
    #77-Gaughan (transmission-out)
    #40-Marlin (engine-out)
    #02-Sadler (too slow-out)
    #32-Craven (transmission-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 with 13 lead changes):
    #48-Johnson (1);
    #20-Stewart (46, led halfway and most laps);
    #24-Gordon (13);
    #31-Gordon (12);
    #29-Harvick (1);
    #97-Busch (1);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (1);
    #77-Gaughan (7);
    #41-Mears (8);

  • Lap leaders - 13 lead changes among 9 drivers: J. Johnson 1; T. Stewart 2-13; J. Gordon 14-24; T. Stewart 25-29; R. Gordon 30-35; K. Harvick 36; R. Gordon 37-42; T. Stewart 43-56; J. Gordon 57-58; K. Busch 59; D. Earnhardt Jr. 60; B. Gaughan 61-67; C. Mears 68-75; T. Stewart 76-90.

    Cautions: 5 for 11 laps

    these are approx. caution laps....
    Caution 5 - Laps 74 - 75: #77-Gaughan got off course after losing his brakes in turn 2 and ended up stuck in the litter.
    Caution 4 - Laps 50 - 51: #0-Burton lost an engine and left oil on the track, the #0 uses Hendrick engines.
    Caution 3 - Laps 33 - 34: #02-Sadler got off course in turn 1 and ended up stuck in the litter.
    Caution 2 - Laps 17 - 19: #16-Biffle and #40-Marlin got together in turn 1, with Marlin getting spun around, ending up in the tire barrier and lots of damage.
    Caution 1 - Laps 7 - 8: #25-Vickers spins out in the inner-loop, collecting #88-Jarrett, both ended up stuck in the kitty litter.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Watkins Glen - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    NONE - the rule is not used at road courses.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- as of lap 83, #24-Gordon only has 4th gear while runing 5th and is falling back a ton of spots.
    ---- as of lap 79, #31-Gordon is having brake problems and locking them up and fell back a few positions.
    ---- after getting passed for the lead on lap 68, #77-Gaughan got off track, in the grass, but was able to save it, fell back a bit.
    ---- #77-Gaughan, while leading on lap 62, will stay out on the track while leading, is supposedly 2 laps short of making it on gas, but the plan is to go for it.
    ---- on lap 61, #8-Earnhardt Jr. while leading, made a gas-and-go pit stop.
    ---- on lap 59, #24-Gordon, while leading, made a full pit stop, had a very slow exit.
    ---- on lap 57, #20-Stewart, while leading, made a full pit stop.
    ---- on lap 56, #31-Gordon and #1-Fellows stopped for a gas-and-go, #18-Labonte also made a stop.
    ---- #40-Marlin is back on the track as of lap 52, 34 aps down, after the team made repairs to the car.
    ---- #22-Wimmer spun on the restart after the 4th caution, no one else was involved.
    ---- 12 drivers didn't pit during the 4th caution, icluding the leader, #20-Stewart.
    ---- the #20 team told Said he would now not be needed and that Stewart was going to go all the way.
    ---- #31-Gordon fell back to save his tires as he says he has burnt up the left front.
    ---- while running 3rd, #41-Mears missed the inner-loop and had to stop, then go, and lost a bunch of spots.
    ---- on lap 38, #24-Gordon is reporting he may have a front left tire going down.
    ---- on lap 38, #5-Labonte seems to have the dame problem as #48-Johnson, the engine stoped and will not refire.
    ---- on lap 37, Childress told Gordon to let Harvick lead a lap to get the 5 points, Then Gordon retook the lead.
    ---- Boris Said is standing by for #20-Tony Stewart, who doesn't feel good and has leg cramps.
    ---- #31-Gordon takes over the lead after the leaders made their stops.
    ---- the leaders are making their scheduled pit stops around lap 29-30 range.
    ---- on lap 25, #48-Johnson took his car to the garage, saying on the radio, it was terminal, poss engine...
    ---- #12-Newman is reporting that he is having brake problems as of lap 20.
    ---- the only drivers in the top-10 to come in during the 2nd caution, #8-Earnhardt Jr.,#48-Johnson, #29-Harvick. Johnson had to be pushed, is having a transmission problem, no 1st gear.
    ---- #48-Johnson reported he was having transmission problems as of lap 15, but then said it was ok.
    ---- some beating and banging on the 1st caution restart, #31-Gordon was warned by NASCAR to calm down.
    ---- on the first caution, some driver back in the pack made pit stops, #45-Petty, #22-Wimmer, #88-Jarrett, #25-Vickers, #32-Craven, #43-Green, #10-Riggs, #02-Sadler, #50-Bodine were among those who made stops.
    ---- on lap 4, #22-Wimmer wheel-hopped thru the inner-loop and spun around.
    ---- looks like #4-Spencer lost and engine, #45-Petty hit him, but both drove on, Spencer to the garage.
    ---- to the back, #4-Jimmy Spencer [engine], #02-Hermie Sadler [engine]

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Watkins Glen?
    #48-Johnson, 40th
    #24-Gordon, 21st
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 5th
    #20-Stewart, 1st
    #17-Kenseth, 9th

    #38-Sadler, 15th
    #97-Busch, 10th
    #18-Labonte, 11th
    #29-Harvick, 6th
    #12-Newman, 26th

  • To the BACK: #4-Jimmy Spencer [engine change was to start 38th], #02-Hermie Sadler [engine, 41st] and both will fall to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at Watkins Glen

  • Happy Hour practice for the Sirius @ the Glen Qualifying at Watkins Glen International is over, the fastest were:
    #31-Gordon 123.095
    #24-Gordon 122.643
    #19-Mayfield 122.157
    #1-Fellows 122.157
    #6-Martin 121.818
    slowest are: #50-Bodine 117.256 and #89-Shepherd 117.998
    no speed listed for #98-Gunselman, #02-Sadler
    Most laps run:#77-Gaughan and #9-Kahne, 23.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #24-Gordon 121.762
    #1-Fellows 121.234
    #2-Wallace 120.881
    practice notes: #10-Riggs, #21-Rudd and #97-Busch were running together just before the interloop, Busch hit Rudd, who hit Riggs, all three spun out, Riggs and Rudd into the grass, Looks like the #97 got the most damage but all three should be ok. #99-Burton and #45-Petty ran out of gas towards the end of hte session and had to be pushed to the garage. #32-Craven may have lost a transmission.
    For speeds, see or NASCAR.com.(8-14-2004)

  • Saturday's First practice for the Sirius @ the Glen Qualifying at Watkins Glen International is over. The fastest were:
    #24-Gordon 122.442mph
    #20-Stewart 121.906
    #6-Martin 121.756
    #1-Fellows 121.580
    #01-Nemechek
    Slowest were: #22-Wimmer at 96.397 and #98-Gunselman 99.156
    Teams listed below 31mph: #02-Sadler, #50-Bodine
    Most laps run: #10-Riggs 19; #19-Mayfield and #48-Johnson, 17.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #24-Gordon 120.461, 7 laps run
    #6-Martin 120.364, 13
    #20-Stewart 120.277, 11
    Some notes from practice, #50-Bodine got off course and stuck in the kitty litter, #16-Biffle got off course but was able to keep momentum and get back on the track.
    For speeds see or NASCAR.com.(8-14-2004)

  • Did ya know? The farthest back a winner at Watkins Glen has started was 18th in 2000. It is interesting to note that 2000 was the only other time in the modern era where qualifying was cancelled at the Glen and it resulted in the only win at the Glen from a starting position outside the top 15 when Steve Park won from the 18th starting position.(ERaceFans.com)(8-14-2004)

  • Sirius @ the Glen Qualifying at Watkins Glen Practice and Qualifying cancelled per XM Satellite NASCAR Radio as of 2:00pm/et, so the field was set by points, see my unofficial lineup below, would imagine, if it doesn't rain, the schedule should be the same for Saturday.
    From : Qualifying for Sunday's Sirius at the Glen has been cancelled due to water seepage at the 2.45 mile road course. The lineup for Sunday's race has been set by owner's points standings. Jimmie Johnson will start on the pole with teammate and car owner Jeff Gordon starting second. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth round out the top 5. The weather forecast for the area calls for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70s for Saturday. A few showers and a high temperature of 75 degrees for Sunday. NASCAR did not bring wet weather tires to the event, so the race will be treated as any other if it does rain.
    The Lineup, set by points.

    Motorsports One
    NASCAR.com.(8-13-2004)

  • Qualfying Order Links at:
    or
    Qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Watkins Glen: We had a day of no action on the track at Watkins Glen International, so the field for Sunday's Sirius at the Glen was set by the rule book (and I guess there must be one cause they're always quotin' a couple of 'em, especially that one about "actions detrimental to stock car racing").
    Jimmie Johnson will lead 'em to the green, but we better keep our fingers crossed that Charley tracks a little more to the east than what they're saying. If we had trouble with moisture today, we can only imagine what Sunday could look like.
    Not much to talk about, so we'll point out something we find extremely interesting this week.....and it comes as a quote from Mike Helton via NASCAR.com. "But we also want our competitors to be mindful of the importance of protocol involving Victory Lane, which is as much a part of racing as taking the checkered flag." Huh?
    Now, I realize that was very carefully worded by a PR person, but can they actually find a fan or competitor who thinks that their "protocol" (whatever that is) is just as important as winning? Maybe it is to NASCAR, but they may be amazed to find that a lot of fans (and it seems to be a growing number) turn off the race the minute it's over. I know, cause I hear from them every week. And, unfortunately, even more are turning it off before it's over. Maybe Mike Helton and NASCAR could show a little more concern about that in the future. If we are really as concerned with how Victory Lane is run as we are with how the race is won, then I'm afraid we've somehow misplaced our priorities. But, maybe thats just me....
    Since our grid is set by points (and attempts), take these "Best Sinces" for what they're worth.
    Tony Stewart (5th) has his best starting spot since he started 4th when we were here last year.
    Bobby Labonte (8th) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Texas in April.
    Todd Bodine (36th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 28th at Pocono in June (only 5 races).
    Larry Gunselman (39th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 42nd at Daytona in July. (You think it's easy finding something to type about?)
    Welcome and welcome back: Tony Ave (42nd) makes his first-ever Nextel Cup start and Ron Fellows (43rd) makes his first start of the season. Fellows' last race was here last August when he started 18th and finished 38th.
    STREAKIN...Jimmie Johnson has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    There are some disadvantages to being a road-course ringer, and one of those was apparent today. When we get washed out these guys don't have enough points or attempts, so the Trouble Train consists of: Scott Pruett, Boris Said, Klaus Graf, and Stanton Barrett. With the way Pruett ran at Infineon a couple months ago, you can bet this was a bitter pill.(Stock Car Fans Newsletter)(8-13-2004)

  • Rain at Watkins Glen? Rain Tires? NO: with the weather forecast for the weekend [40% on Friday for qualifying, chance of rain on Sunday] at Watkins Glen being iffy for the races, gettting asked a lot about Goodyear's rain tire. Have not heard if Goodyear will have them available to use, plus it is NOT a rain tire but a 'wet' tire, to be used on a wet race track, but not if there is a shower or rain. In the past it was mentioned a wiper and brake light could be added, still...no word if any plans to do so at Watkins Glen are in place. There is also Hurricane Charley to worry about, there is hurricane site I have frequented since 1996: www.storm204.com
    For weather in the Watkins Glen area see raceweather.net or weather.com
    No mention about the 'wet' tires on this weeks Goodyear Tire Fast Facts(8-12-2004)
    UPDATE: been told rain / wet tires will NOT be available or used at Watkins Glen this weekend and it would be treated as any other race, tirewise.(8-12-2004)
    MORE on TIRES: NASCAR has apparently seen the last of its "wet weather" tires. Nextel Cup series director John Darby confirmed Friday NASCAR did not update its inventory of wet weather tires this season and brought none to the track this weekend for Sunday's Sirius at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. NASCAR has contemplated the use of wet weather tires on the series' two road course events and even went so far as to use them in a practice session at Watkins Glen two years ago. They have never been used in race conditions. "We had an inventory of rain tires that had been in circulation for quite a few years to the point where the majority of them were weather cracked and dried," Darby said. "We reached the point where we were either going at the wet weather situation full-bore or just disband it." Darby said NASCAR also considered the importance of the event in determining who will make the 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup Championship and the need to race under the best conditions. "I think in all reality, we are a dry weather sport," Darby said, "and we need to stay that way."()(8-14-2004)

  • So....what happens if qulaifying gets rained out? how is the field set? as detailed on my Provisional Land page for the rules, which are:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)
    Of the 47 drivers, I have calculated the four drivers missing the race: #36-Boris Said, #39-Scott Pruett, #59-Klaus Graf [all have one race attempt] and #52-Stanton Barrett [no race attempts]. See the UNOFFICIAL LINEUP below.....(8-13-2004)

    IF Rained out, the field should be set as follows....UNOFFICIAL
    1) 48-Jimmie Johnson [Owners Points Position]
    2) 24-Jeff Gordon [Owners Points Position]
    3) 8-Dale Earnhardt Jr [Owners Points Position]
    4) 20-Tony Stewart [Owners Points Position]
    5) 17-Matt Kenseth [Owners Points Position]
    6) 38-Elliott Sadler [Owners Points Position]
    7) 97-Kurt Busch [Owners Points Position]
    8) 18-Bobby Labonte [Owners Points Position]
    9) 29-Kevin Harvick [Owners Points Position]
    10) 12-Ryan Newman [Owners Points Position]
    11) 9-Kasey Kahne [Owners Points Position]
    12) 19-Jeremy Mayfield [Owners Points Position]
    13) 88-Dale Jarrett [Owners Points Position]
    14) 42-Jamie McMurray [Owners Points Position]
    15) 6-Mark Martin [Owners Points Position]
    16) 41-Casey Mears [Owners Points Position]
    17) 2-Rusty Wallace [Owners Points Position]
    18) 15-Michael Waltrip [Owners Points Position]
    19) 40-Sterling Marlin [Owners Points Position]
    20) 5-Terry Labonte [Owners Points Position]
    21) 16-Greg Biffle [Owners Points Position]
    22) 25-Brian Vickers [Owners Points Position]
    23) 31-Robby Gordon [Owners Points Position]
    24) 99-Jeff Burton [Owners Points Position]
    25) 01-Joe Nemechek [Owners Points Position]
    26) 22-Scott Wimmer [Owners Points Position]
    27) 30-Dave Blaney [Owners Points Position]
    28) 0-Ward Burton [Owners Points Position]
    29) 21-Ricky Rudd [Owners Points Position]
    30) 77-Brendan Gaughan [Owners Points Position]
    31) 10-Scott Riggs [Owners Points Position]
    32) 49-Ken Schrader [Owners Points Position]
    33) 45-Kyle Petty [Owners Points Position]
    34) 32-Ricky Craven [Owners Points Position]
    35) 43-Jeff Green [Owners Points Position]
    36) 50-Todd Bodine [21 race attempts, 37th Owners Points]
    37) 72-Kirk Shelmerdine [21 race attempts, 41st]
    38) 4-Jimmy Spencer [20 race attempts, 36th]
    39) 98-Larry Gunselman [19 race attempts, 39th]
    40) 89-Morgan Shepherd [18 race attempts, 40th]
    41) 02-Hermie Sadler [15 race attempts, 42nd]
    42) 80-Tony Ave [10 race attempts, 45th]
    43) 1-Ron Fellows [20 race attempts, 44th]

    missing the race [unofficial]
    39-Scott Pruett [1 race attempt, 52nd in owners points]
    36-Boris Said [1 race attempt, 55th]
    59-Klaus Graf [1 race attempt, 65th]
    52-Stanton Barrett [no attempts]

  • Watkins Glen Entry List the entry list for the Sirius @ the Glen is up: looks like 478 drivers [for 43 spots], not many road course ringers this time, some of the entries include: #1-Ron Fellows, #02-Hermie Sadler, #36-Boris Said, #39-Scott Pruett, #52-Stanton Barrett [Ware Racing], #59-Klaus Graf [BAM Racing] and #80-Tony Ave [Hover Motorsports]. Who is Tony Ave? he has experience in Trans Am, USAC, SCCA, Toyota Atlantics, ASA and ARCA driver, see info on Ave at Arcaracing.com.(8-10-2004)

  • Entry List Links:

    NASCAR.com

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page

  • Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
    NASCAR.com


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-10-2004)

    PREVIOUS WATKINS GLEN WINNERS

    2003 #31-Robby Gordon, Chevy, started 14th
    2002 #20-Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 3rd
    2001 #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 13th
    2000 #1-Steve Park, Chevy, 18th
    1999 #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 3rd
    1998 #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 1st
    1997 #24-Jeff Gordon, Chevy, 11th
    1996 #7-Geoffrey Bodine, Ford, 13th
    1995 #6-Mark Martin, Ford, 1st
    1994 #6-Mark Martin, Ford, 1st
    1993 #6-Mark Martin, Ford, 1st
    1992 #42-Kyle Petty, Pontiac, 2nd
    1991 #4-Ernie Irvan, Chevy, 3rd
    1990 #5-Ricky Rudd, Chevy, 12th
    1989 #27-Rusty Wallace, Pontisc, 13th
    1988 #26-Ricky Rudd, Buick, 6th 1987 #27-Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 2nd
    1986 #25-Tim Richmond, Chevy, 1st
    1965 Marvin Panch, Ford, 3rd
    1964 Billy Wade, Mercury, 1st
    1957 Buck Baker, Chevy, 1st

  • Did ya know? 25 of all the 94 Nextel Cup road course races [NOT including the 11 Daytona beach courses] have been won from the pole - 26.6%; Lowest start of a Sonoma winner: 13th by Davey Allison, 1991; The winner of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 has gone on to win the championship once in the last 12 seasons (1998-Jeff Gordon); Chevrolet has the most road course wins in NASCAR Nextel Cup - 32 road course wins, 30 in the Modern Era, Ford has 29, 14 of which have been in the Modern Era (1972 to present).(8-10-2003/6-24-2004)-
    UPDATE: make it 26 of 95 as #24-Jeff Gordon won from the pole at Infineon on June 27, 2004. 27.4% and the 33rd for Chevy.(6-27-2004)

  • Road Course Victories: Jeff Gordon is the all-time series lead for road course [including the 11 Daytona beach courses] wins with seven. Tied for 2nd is Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace, Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with six in 105 road course races. 44 drivers have won a road course race.(8-10-2003)
    UPDATE Gordon won the Dodge / Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, so he now has 8 road course wins.(6-27-2004)

  • Road Course Poles: Darrell Waltrip is the all-time series lead for road course [including the 11 Daytona beach courses] pole wins with nine. Terry Labonte and David Pearson both have eight, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd have six in 104 road course qualifying runs, two had no qualifyings [rain/weather]. 42 drivers have won road course poles.(6-25-2004)

  • Road Race Laps Led - Gordon now fifth all-time: Jeff Gordon led 92 laps Sunday in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 [a new track record]. In doing so he became only the fifth driver to lead more than 500 road-course laps in his career. Gordon has now led 521 laps on road courses and trails only Cale Yarborough (609), Dan Gurney (696), Richard Petty (885) and Bobby Allison (1,025) in that category.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(6-29-2004)

  • Aug 2003 Race Winner: #31-Robby Gordon, 90.441, started 14th

  • Race Record: Mark Martin, 103.900mph, 8/13/1995

  • Slowest Race Record: Kyle Petty, 50.879mph, August 1992

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, August 2003, 124.580mph

  • August 2003 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 124.580, finished 33rd

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Steve Park, August 2000, started 18th

  • Most Wins: 4 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Poles: 3 - Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt

  • Most Top 5s: 11 - Mark Martin

  • Most Top 10s: 14 - Mark Martin

  • Oldest Winner: Geoffrey Bodine, 47 years, 3 months, 24 days, 8/11/96

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 26 years, 6 days, 8/10/1997

  • Most Lead Changes: 14 - 8/11/91

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 0 - 8/4/57

  • Most Leaders: 12 - 8/13/95

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - 8/4/57

  • Most Cautions: 8 - 8/14/88

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 7/18/65

  • Most Caution Laps: 36, 8/14/88

  • Few Caution Laps: 0, 7/18/65

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 33, 8/13/00

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 2, Twice most recently 7/18/65

  • Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 8/10/03

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 11, 7/18/65

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 75, Mark Martin, 8/14/94

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Ricky Rudd, 8/14/88

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 10 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 7 [of 21 races] 33.3%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from the pole: 7 of 21 events (33%)
  • Races won from in top 10: 14 of 21 events (66%)
  • Races won from outside top 10: 7 of 21 events (33%)

TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Ride the Bus to the Glen: Watkins Glen International and Covered Wagon Tours are teaming up to assist race fans traveling to the SIRIUS at The Glen NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, August 15th. Now, race fans can hop on a deluxe motorcoach from an area hotel or one of four Park and Ride locations and let Covered Wagon Tours do the driving to and from the racetrack! Buses will transport race fans with their SIRIUS at The Glen tickets already in hand from Rochester, Binghamton, Syracuse Park and Ride locations for just $25 and a Buffalo area Park and Ride for $35. This pre-paid service also makes stops at area hotels, including Steuben and Chemung Counties and the Ithaca area for $15 and the Watkins Glen area for only $10. Motorcoaches are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To make your reservation and find out more information, visit www.finger-lakes-tours.com or call 607-324-4200. Private motorcoach transportation is also available upon request.(Watkins Glen International PR)(8-12-2004)

  • Still Tix Available for Watkins Glen: Tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen, as well as the remaining 2004 events at Watkins Glen International, are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office toll free at 1-866-461-RACE (7223), or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com.(8-10-2004)

  • NFL Hall of Famer to give command at Watkins Glen: Pro Football Hall of Famer, Superbowl Most Valuable Player and more recently, radio host John Riggins will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2004 SIRIUS at The Glen, officials at Watkins Glen International and SIRIUS Satellite Radio announced today. Riggins, who recently joined SIRIUS as a host on SIRIUS NFL Radio, will give the command to start engines on Sunday, August 15th at the historic road course.
    "When I give the command at Watkins Glen, I know the hair is going to stand on the back of my neck," said Riggins [no mohawk?], who co-hosts 'The Afternoon Blitz' on SIRIUS NFL Radio from 3-7 p.m. with Adam Schein. "It just so happens that one of my favorite songs of all time is 'Thunder Road' by Robert Mitchum. Actually if one thinks about it, this song is to NASCAR what the egg is to the chicken. Finally some light has been shed on which came first - yeesss NASCAR!"
    Riggins, a running back, played 175 games in 14 seasons with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins and was the first pick of the Jets and sixth player selected in the 1971 NFL Draft. He played with the Jets for five years and signed with the Redskins in 1976, where he played for nine years. He carried 2,916 times for 11,352 yards and 104 touchdowns during his career, and also caught 250 passes for 2,090 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 1983, he scored an NFL-record (since broken) 24 touchdowns, and he still ranks seventh all-time in touchdowns and tenth in rushing.
    He was the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XVII with a then-record 38 carries for 166 yards. He capped off his big day with a 43-yard touchdown run that was immortalized as one of NFL Films' most memorable images, subsequently clinching Washington's 27-17 victory over Miami. The following year, Riggins was named All-Pro for the first time in his career. New York State's largest weekend spectator sporting event returns August 12-15 with the NEXTEL Cup Series taking center stage on Sunday in the much-anticipated SIRIUS at The Glen. Support races include the Mohegan Sun 150 presented by Pepsi NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series on Saturday and the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series' Sahlen's 200 on Friday night. NEXTEL Cup Series drivers take their shot at the pole during P&C Foods Qualifying Day on Friday, August 13th. Tickets start at only $50.(Watkins Glen PR)(8-10-2004)

  • Major Announcements at Sonoma and Watkins Glen: there are 'major announcements' scheduled for late morning on Tuesday, August 3rd at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International - would imagine it has something to do with IRL race's being announced for 2005.
    UPDATEs IRL at each track:
    see the Watkins Glen site: Open Wheel Racing [IRL] Returns to The Glen; and
    see the Infineon Raceway site: Infineon Raceway to Host First-Ever Indy Racing League Road-Course Event
    for full news on each.(8-3-2004)

  • Watkins Glen race gone if Staten Island happens? One week after Brian France's ominous "it's possible" quote appeared in Auto-Week, the Associated Press reported Friday that International Speedway Corp. signed contracts to purchase plots of land on Staten Island, situated off the southern tip of Manhattan. In the July 19 issue of AutoWeek, France was quoted as saying "it's possible" that Watkins Glen International could lose its NASCAR Nextel Cup race if a speedway was constructed in or near the metropolitan New York area. Now, ISC - WGI's parent company - has made down payments for a pair of properties near the Goethals Bridge, according to the AP. "I'm not worried about it. It's business as usual at The Glen right now," said WGI president Craig Rust. "There is a lot of work to be done (on Staten Island). There hasn't even been a shovel in the ground. If they started building the race track today, you're looking at years." Using 2009 as a target date, and assuming NASCAR yanks WGI's date in the event ISC does build a track near the Big Apple, it gives The Glen at least five more Nextel Cup events. WGI has Sirius Satellite Radio inked through 2007 for title sponsorship of its Nextel Cup race. However, ISC helped fund the municipal water and sewer project, which has started to bear results, in addition to making nearly $4 million in capital improvements. Those improvements, announced in May, include refurbishing the garage, improving restrooms and the addition of speedway-style grandstands in 2005. The WGI brass has also been wooing the Indy Racing League for the past two years, and the open-wheel series is expected to make its 2005 schedule announcement within the next few weeks.(The Leader)(7-24-2004)

  • Sponsor for Watkins Glen Pole Day: P&C Food and Pharmacy will serve as the title sponsor of this year's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pole qualifying day in preparation for the August 15th SIRIUS at Watkins Glen International scheduled for Friday, August 13th. P&C Foods and Pepsi customers will have a chance to also enjoy the partnership with a special promotion that runs through July 21st. The Ultimate Fan Experience Giveaway puts fans in the middle of all the action during the SIRIUS at The Glen weekend. One Grand Prize winner will be awarded the opportunity to wave the green flag for Jeff Gordon's qualifying run on August 15th. Registering is simple - just use your P&C Wild Card every time you purchase any Pepsi 24-pack product or Aquafina 16.9 oz. 24-pack product and you are automatically entered. Tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen, as well as the entire 2004 racing season at Watkins Glen International, are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office toll free at 1-866-461-RACE (7223), or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com. (Watkins Glen International PR)(7-17-2004)

  • Promotions at The Glen: Watkins Glen International President Craig Rust announced today the promotion of three individuals within the track's marketing and communications department. Andy Longenberger will now serve as Corporate Sales Manager, while Ryan Mosher has been named Corporate Sales Executive. Rust also named Eiron Jones Public Relations Manager of the historic road course. Jones, PR Manager for Nazareth Speedway since August 2003, will lead the public relations efforts for The Glen and replaces Julie Giese, who departs following the 2004 season to serve as Director of Communications for Daytona International Speedway. In addition to her new role, Jones will also continue as Nazareth's PR Manager.(Watkins Glen PR)(6-30-2004)

  • Tickets available for Watkins Glen: Tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen, as well as the entire 2004 racing season at Watkins Glen International, are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office toll free at 1-866-461-RACE (7223), or online at www.theglen.com. For the finest Watkins Glen International items and apparel, motorsports collectibles, and authentic NASCAR merchandise, diecasts and clothing, and now race tickets, stop by The Shop at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607-535-2338.(Watkins Glen PR)(6-30-2004)

  • Sirius and Watkins Glen to extend UPDATE three years: It appears that Watkins Glen International, which was granted a 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup date earlier this month, is about to extend its agreement with Sirius Satellite Radio as the title sponsor for the track's marquee event. "We anticipate a renewal with Sirius and an announcement will be made within the coming days," Julie Giese, the Glen's director of public relations, said Wednesday.(Elmira Star Gazette)(6-24-2004)
    SIRIUS, the premium satellite radio provider (NASDAQ: SIRI), known for delivering the very best in commercial-free music and sports programming to cars and homes across the country, will continue as the title sponsor of the SIRIUS at The Glen NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Watkins Glen International for the next three years, track President Craig Rust announced today.
    Tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen, as well as the entire 2004 racing season at Watkins Glen International, are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office toll free at 1-866-461-RACE (7223), or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com. For the finest Watkins Glen International items and apparel, motorsports collectibles, and authentic NASCAR merchandise, diecasts and clothing, and now race tickets, stop by The Shop at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607-535-2338. Watkins Glen International. It's Racing. Only Twisted.(Watkins Glen)(6-25-2004)

  • Nazareth Gone? races to Watkins Glen? UPDATE: Watkins Glen International, once thought as close to its death bed as a NASCAR track, may instead be set to expand with additional NASCAR and Indy Racing League events. Sources said Friday that Narazeth Speedway - a 1-mile oval - could lose its two main races next season - Busch and IRL - if the track is sold or closed by its owner, International Speedway Corp. Those races would then move to the Glen, which is also owned by ISC, sources said. Watkins Glen, an 11-turn, 2.45-mile road course in upstate New York, hosted Cup races in 1957, 1964 and 1965, then took a hiatus and returned in 1986. It has hosted one race every year since. The Glen also hosted Busch and Craftsman Truck series races as recently as 2001, but lost those when those series instituted cost-cutting measures. Adding just one road course would likely be financially impractical for Busch or Trucks, but NASCAR has made clear its desire to race in Mexico, where the Mexico City track would also be a road course. Two road course events would make much more sense financially. Craig Rust, track president of both Nazareth and Watkins Glen, denied Friday that Nazareth is for sale. He did admit the track's Busch race was having problems selling tickets and he was promoting the Glen to host an IRL race as early as next season. The IRL is expected to add one or more road course events to its oval-only series next season. IRL officials have said the conversion package to adapt their current cars to road course conditions is about 75 percent completed. "It's common knowledge that I have been trying to get the IRL up to Watkins Glen," Rust said. "I have also had conversations with NASCAR with specific regard, be it '05 or '06, to grow our NASCAR inventory. NASCAR vice president for corporate communications, Jim Hunter, could not be reached Friday for comment. As a possible sign of things to come, ISC has already moved its administrative staff at Nazareth to Watkins Glen and Rust said Friday Nazareth was considering moving up to 10,000 portable grandstand seats to the Glen, leaving Nazareth with 28,000 seats. Rust said he has not spoken to NASCAR officials about 2005 race dates at Nazareth. His current efforts are aimed at promoting the May 23 Busch race at the track.()(5-1-2004)
    UPDATE denied: If Watkins Glen International gains any races in the near future, it won't be at the expense of Nazareth Speedway, said Craig Rust, who is president of both tracks. An online report over the weekend suggested that International Speedway Corp., which owns both tracks, might sell Nazareth and then move the track's IRL and Busch Series races to the Glen. Rust said, "There have been no conversations about selling Nazareth Speedway. I think with us taking a look at grandstands, and looking at the schedule up here, and the fact that I sit over both race tracks, some people began to make assumptions." Glen officials on Monday announced new a new improvement project that includes replacing the more than 30-year-old wooden bleachers on the start/finish straightaway. The announcement didn't give a dollar figure for the work, but a source familiar with the project put the total at more than $4 million. "One area we are looking at is in bringing a small percentage of seats up from Nazareth," Rust said. "That, coupled with the fact that I've been talking to the Indy Racing League about getting an IRL race up here, and people have heard I was talking to NASCAR -- I think people are making a bigger deal of that than it is." Rust said he has asked NASCAR to consider bringing the Busch and/or Craftsman Truck Series back to the Glen. "We want races up here to grow," he said. "I reached out to NASCAR and made them aware of our desire to take a look at those series again." The Glen last hosted a Busch race in 2001, and a Craftsman Truck race in 2000. NASCAR pulled those series out of the Glen, in part, to cut costs for teams that had to build a road-course car or truck for one event. Those series don't compete on any road course today. Rust said he hasn't heard back on his request. This year's capital improvement program might help put to rest the rumors circulated by some NASCAR beat writers each year that the Glen could lose its Nextel Cup race. "There has never been a lack of commitment from ISC," said Rust, who pointed out that the water and sewer improvements completed last year were also part of a multi-million dollar project. Next on Rust's radar screen is the antiquated media center that has received a lot of criticism from members of NASCAR's traveling press corps in recent years.(Elmira Star Gazette)(5-6-2004)

  • Improvements to Watkins Glen for 2005: Watkins Glen International will begin several new upgrades to the historic road course, highlighted by new frontstretch grandstands. Immediately following the final race of the 2004 season, Glen officials will begin tearing down the existing frontstretch grandstands and putting in its place new aluminum grandstand seats that include seatbacks. Ticketholders for the 2004 SIRIUS at The Glen in the frontstretch grandstands will be given first right of refusal on the new seats for the 2005 event, as is customary with each renewal year. In addition to new grandstands, the existing NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series garage will be renovated, answering the calls by teams to double the width of the doors, making entry and exit much easier. A new roof will be added, as well as a new exterior to match the newly-installed gray Sunoco office at the front corner of the garage. The multi-million dollar enhancements and upgrades also includes Phase Three of the ongoing municipal water and sewer project, which calls for remaining infield areas, including the campgrounds, to be hooked up to the new system. A new restroom has also been added in the Gate One area that will include shower capabilities on the SIRIUS at The Glen NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend.
    Tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen, as well as the entire 2004 racing season at Watkins Glen International, are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office toll free at 1-866-461-RACE (7223), or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com. For the finest Watkins Glen International items and apparel, motorsports collectibles, and authentic NASCAR merchandise, diecasts and clothing, and now race tickets, stop by The Shop at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607-535-2338.(Watkins Glen PR)(5-3-2004)

  • Watkins Glen Rumors Denied: Speculation of the Watkins Glen International NASCAR Nextel Cup date moving to another track surfaced again during the past week in a few Southern newspapers. However, WGI President Craig Rust and a spokesman from NASCAR said Wednesday any talk about the Glen losing the race is just talk. "At no time has anyone from ISC (International Speedway Corporation, which owns the Glen) given me any indication that the date would be leaving here," Rust said. "We are operating confidently that we are going to host a Nextel Cup race in 2005 and beyond." Rumors that the Glen would lose its NASCAR race date have been a hot topic with Southern beat writers since the late 1990s. Among previous reasons cited: NASCAR was looking to get away from road-course events, the Glen's amenities are outdated and, most recently, the race wouldn't stick when NASCAR realigned its schedule this year. "Watkins Glen is a popular talking point for the media," said Herb Branham, NASCAR's manager of communications. "It sounds to me like a lot of speculation again. We have had discussions of having a future race in Mexico City, but that would involve either our Busch Series or the Craftsman Truck Series and not a Nextel Cup event," NASCAR's Branham said.
    Said Rust: "The rumor mill is going crazy right now, and frankly it's gotten out of hand. If there was something there (to the story) that we were in jeopardy of losing our date or that was being talked about in a serious manner, someone from ISC would have picked up the phone and called me."(more at the Elmira Star Gazette)(4-8-2004)

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


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • A question, I get: why do some drivers knock the PowerAde bottles off the top of the car in victory lane? Easy: PowerAde is owned by Coca-Cola
    Gatorade is ownerd by Pepsi
    so drivers like Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, who have ties to Pepsi or Gatorade knock the bottles off. Simple as that. comments concerning those actions can be addressed by contacting the teams.(7-1-2004)
    UPDATE: NASCAR wants Nextel Cup drivers to refrain from removing a conflicting sponsor's product from their cars in victory lane. At the drivers' meeting prior to Sunday's Siemens 300, NASCAR president Mike Helton told the drivers "do not take it upon yourselves to remove products" placed on cars as they come in for victory celebrations. "For years there have been sponsors that conflict with a car's sponsor or a driver's personal sponsor," Helton said. "We've been able to work through those with politeness and respect, and we need to get back to that." The recent issues have mostly been with a large, blue Powerade bottle that some drivers have pushed or even knocked off their cars because of affiliations with Gatorade or with Pepsi, which owns Gatorade. Powerade is a Coca-Cola product. "You can maneuver away from it or work around it," Helton said. "If that doesn't begin happening again, we will be forced to deal with it."()(7-25-2004)

  • Green-White-Checker OFFICIAL and: A “green-white-checkered” finish format will be used for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series beginning with next weekend’s races at New Hampshire International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced today. “The green-white-checkered format is an attempt to achieve everyone’s goals – a green-flag finish,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said. “This change hopefully will provide competitive finishes in the relatively rare occasions it is warranted. This format has been successful in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and considering the tight competition week in and week out in the other two national series, we feel the time is right to use the same procedure in all three national series.”
    The new procedure will consist of a restart of two laps – green flag for the first lap of the restart and the white flag signaling the final lap leading to the checkered flag. All additional laps will be counted and scored. The new format will not guarantee a green-flag finish. Only one restart under the “green-white-checkered” format will be attempted. If a caution comes out during that period, the race will be complete. This procedure will eliminate the need for a red flag in the final laps to immediately stop the race in an attempt to finish under green-flag conditions. The announcement expands the single attempt “green-white-checkered” format to all three of NASCAR’s national series, beginning next week.(NASCAR PR), for the Truck Series, who have had this procedure since it started, in 48 races with a G-W-C, 6 times has the lead changed [12.5%](Speed Channel)(7-15-2004)
    AND - Trucks Change too: Until now, the trucks have been allowed to run multiple green-flag restarts to determine a winner. That will end after the race at Gateway. Cup races will be allowed only one re-start, and NASCAR will enforce that rule in all three series. Thus, a finish under caution is possible if an accident occurs on the final two laps.(St Louis Post Dispatch)(7-17-2004)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #2-Rusty Wallace Kodak Watkins Glen - August #2 Paint Scheme Page
    #77-Brendan Gaughan Kodak's Health and Imaging Watkins Glen - August #77 Paint Scheme Page


  • #9 and #19 Schemes for the Summer: the #9 and #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge will continue to run its new paint scheme this weekend in New Hampshire. The new scheme will run through the August 28th race in Bristol in support of Dodge's Summer Sales Drive.(Clear!Blue PR)(7-20-2004)

  • Rusty and Kodak: Rusty Wallace is scheduled to run a Kodak paint scheme on his #2 Dodge at Watkins Glen in August, marking the first time Wallace will drive with another sponsor since he has been with the Miller Brewing Company. Kodak's main headquarters are located in Rochester, N.Y., and this opportunity now gives them more exposure on the track along with Wallace's teammate Brendan Gaughan, who is also sponsored by Kodak.(RacingOne)(4-8-2004)

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


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