THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400

Nextel Cup Race #3 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, March 7, 2004 in Las Vegas, NV

  • TV: FOX - 3:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 2:30pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, March 10th [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, March 11th [Full race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, March 12th [Fast Forward] at 1:00am/et

  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Matt Yocum, Steve Byrnes, Jeanne Zelasko

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • NASCAR on TV and Fox Sports

  • Purse/Race Awards: $6,011,590 (was $5,291,856 in 2003)

  • Entry List Links: Jayski's UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 Entry List

    NASCAR.com

  • 2003 Race Winner: Matt Kenseth, 132.934mph, started 17th

  • Track Race Record: Mark Martin, March 1998, 146.554mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Burton, 2

  • Most Poles - Active Driver/All-Time: Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, 2

  • Most Top 5s: 3 - Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Tony Stewart

  • Most Top 10s: 5 - Jeff Burton, Mark Martin

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 2000, 119.982mph [rain shortened]

  • Oldest Winner: Sterling Marlin, 44 years, 8 months, 1 days, 3/3/02

  • Youngest Winner: Jeff Gordon, 29 years, 7 months, 3/4/01

  • Most Cautions: 6 - three times, most recently 3/2/03

  • Most Caution Laps: 30, 3/2/03

  • Fewest Cautions: 2 - 2 times, most recently 3/5/2000

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 9, 3/1/1998

  • Most on the Lead Lap: 20 - 3/3/2002

  • Fewest on the Lead Lap: 10 - twice, most recently 3/7/1999

  • Most Running at the Finish: 42 - 3/5/2000

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 34 - 3/2/03

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Sterling Marlin 2002, Jeff Gordon, 2001, started 24th

  • Most Lead Changes: 25 - 3/7/99

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 3/5/2000

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 111 - Jeff Burton, 3/71999

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 33 - Jeff Gordon 3/4/2001

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 4 - Ford


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, March 5th, 2:20 - 4:20pm/et; Saturday, March 6th, 12:30 - 1:15pm/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, March 6th, 2:10 - 2:55pm/et on TV-FX tape delay at 7:00pm/et.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, March 5th, 1:20pm/et

  • Qualfying Order: Thatsracin.com - Subway 400 qualifying order or Subway 400 qualifying order - NASCAR.com

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, March 5th at 6:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel and live via PRN Radio, XM Satellite Radio and via NASCAR.com's Racecast (paid). Re-aired on Speed Channel at 2:00am/et on Sat, March 6th.

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Bobby Labonte, Mar 2003, 173.016mph

  • 2003's Pole Sitter: Bobby Labonte, 173.016, finished 4th.


  • Track Specs: Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
    Front straight: 2,275 feet
    Back straight: 1,572 feet
    Banking: Corners:12 degrees, Front Straight: 8 degrees, Back Straight: 3 degrees
    Grandstand Seating: 126,000
    Pace Car Speeds: Pit Road - 45 mph; Track 55 mph

  • Track Website: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my 2003 Las Vegas Race Info Page.


    Race Winners at Las Vegas

    2003 Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 132.934, started 17th
    2002 Sterling Marlin, #40 Dodge, 136.754, started 24th
    2001 Jeff Gordon, #24 Chevy, 135.546mph, started 24th
    2000 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 119.982mph, started 11th (rain shortened to 148 laps)
    1999 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 137.537mph, started 19th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 146.554mph, started 7th


    Pole Winners at Las Vegas

    2003 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 173.016, finished 4th
    2002 Todd Bodine, #66 Ford, 172.850, finished 29th
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 172.106mph, finished 2nd
    2000 Ricky Rudd, #28 Ford, 172.563mph, finished 12th
    1999 Bobby Labonte, #18 Pontiac, 170.643mph, finished 5th
    1998 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 168.224mph, finished 40th


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup: Left - 1,500, Right - 1,500;
    Busch Series: Left - 600, Right - 600

    Tire Codes: Left - D-6826; Right - D-6828

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 28 psi;
    Left Rear - 28 psi;
    Right Front - 44 psi;
    Right Rear - 32 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 22 psi;
    Left Rear - 22 psi;
    Right Front - 40 psi;
    Right Rear - 37 psi

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

    Notes: This is the first time this specific combination of Goodyear Eagles will be used in NASCAR competition . . . the previous combination of left- and right-side for Las Vegas were in place for the last three seasons . . . this is the first of six times Nextel Cup teams are scheduled to compete on these tires in 2004 . . . Bristol (both races), Pocono (both races) and Indianapolis are the other NASCAR tracks where teams will run this same combination this season . . . both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series cars will compete on the same tire codes this weekend . . . as on all ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Las Vegas . . . inner liner inflation should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "Our tire set-up has been on the conservative side for the last several years at Las Vegas, so we decided to bring both a softer compound and a softer, more compliant construction this year. During team testing at Las Vegas in January, this new set-up was about seven- to eight-tenths of a second quicker than last year, with about two seconds of give-up over the course of a long run. We've seen the give-up increase over the last several years as the racing surface at Las Vegas has aged, so you won't see many two tire stops this weekend."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $20,000 at North Carolina Speedway for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002 - it was not won in 2003). 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(2-25-2004)

  • 70 Races since... Leader bonus has been won. It's been 70 races since the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader won a race and took home the NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus. #17-Matt Kenseth led the series points in 2003. #18-Bobby Labonte collected the biggest paycheck, $190,000, with a win at Indianapolis in 2000. The $10,000 bonus is available following every NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. If the point leader does not win the race, the bonus rolls over to the next week. Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002, it was NOT won by #8-Earnhardt Jr. at Daytona, it rolled over to Rockingham.(2-25-2004)


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


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

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QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
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  • Kenseth wins at Las Vegas...again; Kahne 2nd this week...again: #17-Matt Kenseth pretty much dominated the 2nd half of the UAW-Daimler-Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading 123 of the 267 laps and winning his 2nd race in a row of the season and his 2nd race in a row at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. #9-Kasey Kahne, the pole sittter for the race, finished 2nd, the 2nd race in a row he has done that [Kenseth beat him at Rockingham also]. no photo finish this time [won by over 3 seconds]. Rounding out the top 5 were: #20-Tony Stewart, #42-Jamie McMurray and #6-Mark Martin. Kenseth alsi retauns the points lead and gets the $30,000 bonus for winning the race while being the points leader. Kenseth also lead at half-way, and picks up the halway bonus award for winning the race after leading halfway. #8-Earnhardt Jr. led the points coming into the race, but never had a good car all weekend and dropped out of the race, finishing 35th. #41-Casey Mears finished 7th, his first ever career top 10 in a Nextel Cup race [39th race].(see a story on )
    See Results at , MotorSportsOne and NASCAR.com.(3-7-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings: [Note: all comments are made in the blurb by SCF, NOT Jayski]
    Nothing's sweeter than a repeater, and we went back-to-back Jack! Matt Kenseth won the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 today [March 7th] at Las Vegas MotorSpeedway....and he was much the best. In what looked like an instant replay from Rockingham two weeks ago, the names of the top two finishers were the same....only the margin of victory was changed to protect the innocent.
    Kenseth led 123 of the final 173 laps (including the last 38) to take his second win in a row (both on the season and at this speedway) and 9th of his Nextel Cup career. He's now tied for 48th on the all-time win list with Paul Goldsmith, Ryan Newman, Cotton Owens, and Bob Welborn.
    This was career win #68 for Roush Racing....and their 5th victory in the 7 events held at LVMS. Matt's take of the over $6M in posted awards was $458,828.
    Kasey Kahne was the bridesmaid again....beginning to see why there was such a legal fight over him, huh?
    Rules....Schmoolz!! I for one see almost no difference in the racing. I guess we're gonna be treated to another week of "This week will really show the effect of the new rules" stories, but how long do they think we're gonna buy this stuff! When you look at the stats of the two non-plate races thus far, last year's numbers are still better than '04. We had 20 lead changes last year at Rockingham among 11 drivers...this year was 15 among 6. Vegas last year was 17 changes among 10 drivers....this year was 18 among 10. Big difference, huh? About the only major number that's changing is the tire bill!
    Gotta wonder if Fox was having technical problems today....sure took them a long time to get on the Dale Earnhardt Jr story. They didn't seem to have any problem finding Fox employee Troy Aikman or John Elway tho....
    Mark Martin (5th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Pocono last July.
    Elliott Sadler (6th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Martinsville last April.
    Casey Mears (7th) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 15th here in last year's race.
    Kyle Petty (12th) had his best finish since he was 11th at Talladega last April.
    Scott Riggs (29th) had his career-best finish today. He was 31st at Rockingham two weeks ago for his previous best.
    STREAKIN....Matt Kenseth has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races. Tony Stewart has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    The Rookie Report: For the second week in a row Kasey Kahne (2nd) is the top-finishing freshman. He was followed by Brendan Gaughan (22nd), Brian Vickers (23rd), Johnny Sauter (24th), Scott Riggs (29th), and Scott Wimmer (39th).
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Matt Kenseth (+24) is the Operator of the Week for the second race in a row. He was followed by Mark Martin (+22), Kyle Petty (+20), and Terry Labonte (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Greg Biffle (-31), followed by Michael Waltrip (-23), Kyle Busch (-23), Ryan Newman (-22), and Brian Vickers (-20).
    Kasey Kahne led today (twice for 43 laps) for the first time in his Cup career. Scott Riggs led one lap today for the first time in his Nextel Cup career.
    Of the 50 drivers in the point standings, only four of them occupy the same position as last week....and the change at the top is indicative of the movement we get early in the season. Matt Kenseth assumes the points lead and Dale Earnhardt Jr falls six spots to 7th. Is it too early to look at the transfer spot? (Sounds like we're covering the heat races....)
    The big move forward in the standings this week goes to Kasey Kahne (21st to 8th), while Greg Biffle (14th to 27th) fell the comensurate number of spots.(StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(3-9-2004)

  • Tidbits/Notes from the race at Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth won the UAW-DAIMLER CHRYSLER 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scoring his ninth career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 151st career start. His last victory came at one race ago at North Carolina Speedway.
    Kenseth's second victory in 2004 marks the first time that the defending champion has scored back-to-back victories in his 151-race career.
    Kenseth became the first driver since Jeff Gordon (Martinsville and Atlanta, October 2003) to score back-to-back victories. Kenseth became the second driver to score two victories at Las Vegas, joining teammate Jeff Burton (1999 and 2000). Kenseth won this race one year ago.
    Today's victory marked the fifth victory for Jack Roush in seven races at Las Vegas.
    Kenseth is the only driver to start the 2004 season with top-10 finishes in each of the first three races of the season. Kenseth finished ninth at Daytona and won at Rockingham.
    This is Kenseth's second top-10 finish in five races at Las Vegas.
    Kenseth took over the point lead and won the NASACAR NEXTEL Leader bonus worth $30,000. This is the first time that the race winner was also the point leader since Sterling Marlin at Darlington in March 2002. This race was the second victory for Ford in 2004. Chevrolet has one victory this season.
    More Notebook Items:
    Rookie Kasey Kahne (second) scored his second runner-up finish in as many races. It marked the best finish by a rookie in the seven races at Las Vegas.
    This is the third straight race in 2004 that a rookie has finished in the top three. Scott Wimmer finished third at Daytona. Kahne finished second at Rockingham and at Las Vegas.
    Tony Stewart (third) scored his second top-10 finish in 2004. It is his fourth top-five finish in six races at Las Vegas.
    Jamie McMurray (fourth) scored his second top-10 finish in 2004. It was his first top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas.
    Mark Martin (fifth) scored his first top-10 finish in 2004. It was his best finish since he finished second at Pocono in June 2003, 26 races ago. This was his sixth top-10 finish in seven races at Las Vegas, more than any other driver.
    Casey Mears (seventh) scored his career-best NEXTEL Cup finish. This was Mears first top-10 finish in two races at Las Vegas. Mears finished 15th here in 2003 his rookie season.
    Kurt Busch (ninth) scored his second top-10 finish in 2004. Busch scored his first top-10 finish in four races at Las Vegas.
    Terry Labonte (17th) has been running at the finish in the last 45 races, a streak that began at Charlotte in October 2002.
    The six caution periods in today's UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 tied the Las Vegas record (2001, 2002 and 2003) and the 37 caution laps set a new record at Las Vegas.(NASCAR Stats Service)(3-8-2004)

  • Kahne wins pole at Las Vegas: Rookie #9-Kasey Kahne won the pole for the UAW-Daimler-Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a new track record of 174.904mph, one of 15 drivers who broke the old track record [of 173.016 that Bobby Labonte set in 2003]. Starting 2nd is #97-Kurt Busch, #25-Brian Vickers, #42-Jamie McMurray and #12-Ryan Newman. Provisionals went to #22-Wimmer, #50-Cope and #02-Long. #72-Shelmerdine was not eligible for a provisional, but since there were spots left open, he makes the race via his 2004 race attempts, and #89-Shepherd got the last spot over #98-Gunselman as he was faster in his qualifying attempt. Neither were eligible for a provisional and neither had a race attempt in 2004. NASCAR.com has the #89 ahead of the #72.
    Qualifying will be re-aired on Speed Channel at 2:00am/et on Sat March 6th.
    For qualifying results/lineup for the UAW-Daimler-Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway see
    Jayski's Las Vegas Qualifying Page

    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(3-5-2004)

  • Pit Stall Selection: don't usually see this as I am not at the track normally, but folks ask me, so here it is, the pit stall assignments for the race at Las Vegas, by car #:
    1-#12
    2-#91
    3-#49
    4-#43
    5-#41
    6-#8
    7-#4
    8-#48
    9-#38
    10-#21
    11-#31
    12-#14
    13-#0
    14-#2
    15-#09
    16-#20
    17-#9 pole sitter
    empty
    18-#97
    19-#16
    20-#32
    21-#17
    22-#84
    23-#25
    24-camera
    25-#42
    26-#10
    27-#40
    28-#6
    29-#45
    30-#01
    31-#30
    32-#50
    33-#18
    empty
    34-#19
    35-#99
    36-#5
    37-#02
    38-#24
    39-#72
    40-#88
    41-#89
    42-#22
    43-#29
    44-#77
    Stall are chosen by the postion the driver/team qualifies.(3-7-2004)

  • Happy Hour practice is over at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The fastest were #38-Sadler at 169.598mph, #9-Kahne at 169.316 and #12-Newman at 169.279. Slowest were #72-Shelmerdine at 158.173 and #89-Shepherd at 162.460. #02-Long didn't practice. The practice will be televised via tape on FX at 7:00pm/et.
    See full field speeds at or at NASCAR.com.(3-6-2004)

  • Saturday's first practice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is over. The fastest were #2-Wallace at 170.369, #48-Johnson at 170.261 and #40-Marlin at 170.132. Slowest were #72-Shelmerdine at 158.302 and #02-Long at 159.132. Have heard of no incidents/accidents. Pole Sitter #9-Kasey Kahne was 5th fastest and ran the most laps at 45, with #21-Ricky Rudd running 44 laps. Least number of laps run was #89-Shepherd at 6.
    See full field speeds at or NASCAR.com.(3-6-2004)

  • Qualifying Notes:
    Kasey Kahne won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400, lapping Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 30.874 seconds at 174.904 mph. He broke Bobby Labonte;s track-qualifying record of 31.211 seconds, 173.016 mph, set Feb. 28, 2003. Fifteen drivers posted speeds quicker than Labonte's speed.
    This is Kahne's first career Bud Pole in just three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races tying Mark Martin and Ryan Newman for the quickest that a driver has won a Bud Pole in the modern era [1972-present]
    A Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year candidate has won a Bud Pole in each of the last nine years (1996-2004).
    The most recent driver to win a Bud Pole in his first start was Dick Hutcherson at Greenville- Pickens Speedway in March 1964.
    Kurt Busch had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 30.937 seconds at 174.548 mph and will join Kahne on the front row. It is his fourth top-10 start in his four races at Las Vegas.
    This is the second Bud Pole for Dodge in 2004. Ford has the other Bud Pole this season.
    Brian Vickers (third) and Brendan Gaughan (eighth) joined Kahne as three Rookie-of-the-Year candidates to post top-10 starts today.
    Jamie McMurray (fourth) and Greg Biffle (ninth) are the only drivers with three top-10 starts in 2004. It is McMurray's first top-10 start in two races at Las Vegas and the first time Biffle has qualified here.
    Ryan Newman (fifth) posted his second top-10 start in 2004 and his third top-five start in his four races at Las Vegas.
    Kyle Busch (18th) qualified for his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.
    Scott Wimmer, Derrike Cope and Carl Long used provisionals to make the field. Kirk Shelmerdine made the field based on qualifying attempts this season while Morgan Shepherd reverted to qualifying time to complete the 43-car field. Only one driver failed to qualify for the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400: Larry Gunselman.
    There have been five different Bud Pole winners in seven races at Las Vegas. Dale Jarrett (1998 and 2001) and Bobby Labonte (1999 and 2003) are the only repeat Bud Pole winners at Las Vegas.
    Only one of the six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Las Vegas has been won from a top-10 starting position, the inaugural race in 1998 (Mark Martin's seventh).
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Las Vegas was 24th by Jeff Gordon in 2001 and again by Sterling Marlin in 2002.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-6-2004)

  • Stockcarfans.com Ramblings: Three races....three different pole winners. At this rate next year's Budweiser Shootout will have 38 starters! Think Ryan Newman will have something to say about that? Kasey Kahne backed up his practice time from earlier today by taking his first-ever Bud Pole with a speed of 174.904 (30.874 sec) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrylser 400. Nothing like giving the sponsor what they want.... Kahne's pole comes in only his third Nextel Cup start....certainly way above average. His previous best was a third place start last race at Rockingham.
    Great day for the young guys....three rooks in the Top-8. He'll be joined on the front-row by homeboy Kurt Busch. This will be his best starting spot since he had the pole at Homestead in November of 2002! Brendan Gaughan (8th) has his career-best starting spot. He started 15th at Rockingham two weeks ago.
    Scott Riggs (15th) has his career-best starting spot as well. He started 19th at Rockingham last race.
    Kyle Busch (18th) will be making his Cup debut....told you it was a good day for the fuzzy-cheeks.
    Welcome Back: Bill Elliott (10th) makes his first points race start of the year in his limited run. Morgan Shepherd (42nd) makes his first start since he started 43rd and finished same at Pocono last July.
    STREAKIN....Jamie McMurray has 4 Top-10 starts in a row. Ryan Newman has 8 Top-10 starts in the last 9 races. Jeremy Mayfield has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races. Greg Biffle has 4 Top-10 starts in the last 5 races.
    A short trouble train this weekend. Only lonely Larry Gunselman misses the field as we had a car count of 44 today. We're digging deep into the rule book to qualify starters.....Like last race we've got an 11 mile an hour spread from pole to 43rd, and we may see some drivers listed as "parked" early again on Sunday.(StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(3-6-2004)

  • Kahne wins pole at Las Vegas: Rookie #9-Kasey Kahne won the pole for the UAW-Daimler-Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a new track record of 174.904mph, one of 15 drivers who broke the old track record [of 173.016 that Bobby Labonte set in 2003]. Starting 2nd is #97-Kurt Busch, #25-Brian Vickers, #42-Jamie McMurray and #12-Ryan Newman. Provisionals went to #22-Wimmer, #50-Cope and #02-Long. #72-Shelmerdine was not eligible for a provisional, but since there were spots left open, he makes the race via his 2004 race attempts, and #89-Shepherd got the last spot over #98-Gunselman as he was faster in his qualifying attempt. Neither were eligible for a provisional and neither had a race attempt in 2004. NASCAR.com has the #89 ahead of the #72.
    Qualifying will be re-aired on Speed Channel at 2:00am/et on Sat March 6th.
    For qualifying results/lineup for the UAW-Daimler-Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway see
    Jayski's Las Vegas Qualifying Page

    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(3-5-2004)

  • Provisionals: looks like for the third race in a row, Provisionals will NOT be charged as there are not at least 43 teams eligible to take a provisional this week at Las Vegas. 44 cars will make attempts, Five teams are not eligible to use a provisional: #84-Busch, #72-Shelmerdiine, #98-Gunselman, #89-Shepherd and #91-Elliott, although Elliott should be eligible for a Past Champions Provisional if needed as he ran the full schedule in 2003. So if there are still spots open after qualifying is done and provisionals are awarded, it falls to 2004 race attempts [#72 = 3, #89=0, #98=0, #91 =0, #84=0], then to qualiflying speed.(3-5-2004)

  • Kahne fastest in Friday practice...could see a new track record? #9-Kasey Kahne was easily the fastest on Friday's Cup practice with a speed of 174.599 [track record is 173.016 set last year by Bobby Labonte], the weather is beautiful here in Vegas, sunny and nice and cool. The 2nd fastest was #19-Jeremy Mayfield at 173.044 followed by #24-Jeff Gordon, #97-Kurt Busch at 173.033 and #12-Ryan Newman 172.872. 44 cars/drivers practiced, slowest were: #72-Kirk Shelmerdine at 150.817 and #98-Larry Gunselman at 150.054 [wow, that is quite a bit of a speed spread from first to last 24mph].
    For full practice results, see or NASCAR.com - Practice 1.(3-5-2004)

  • Qualifying Order links are posted. 44 cars/drivers for 43 spots. First driver scheduled to make an attempt is #22-Scott Wimmer. Last dues out is #97-Kurt Busch. See the links above.(3-5-2004)

  • 48 Cars Entered at Vegas UPDATE down to 45: The tenative UAW-Daimler-Chrysler 400 Entry List is up, 48 cars are listed to run at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Included are #02-Carl Long, #09-Johnny Benson, #1-John Andretti, #14-Larry Foyt, #23-Dave Blaney, #72-Kurt Shelmerdine, #80-Andy Hillenburg, #84-Kyle Busch, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #91-Bill Elliott, #98-Larry Gunselman, see my UAW-Daimler-Chrysler 400 Entry List page.(2-27-2004)
    DOWN to 47? hearing that #1-Andretti and team will NOT be at Vegas.(3-2-2004)
    DOWN to 45: on NASCAR.com's Entry List, there are 45 cars; off the list are #1-John Andretti, #14-Larry Foyt and #80-Andy Hillenburg. Also the #23 is listed without a sponsor.(3-2-2004)
    DOWN to 44: been informed that #23-Dave Blaney's entry has been withdrawn.(3-4-2004)

  • 21 Drivers: Twenty-One drivers have competed in all six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Las Vegas. Only three of the 21 drivers that have competed in all six races at Las Vegas are ranked in the current NASCAR Top 10.(NASCAR PR)(3-4-2004)

  • No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A

  • Jayski's - 2004 Winston Cup Race Results Page

  • 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/RACE NEWS

  • SAFER at Vegas in 2005: Las Vegas Motor Speedway will install the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system at its 1.5-mile oval in time for next year's NASCAR Nextel Cup race, Speedway Motorsports president H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler said Thursday. The SAFER wall system was designed by Dean Sicking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and first installed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2002. The energy-absorbing barrier consists of rectangular steel tubes and pads of hard foam, which are affixed to the existing concrete walls on either the inside or outside of the track. Wheeler said the SAFER system, which is designed to reduce forces incurred by a car in an accident and increase driver safety, likely would be installed on the outside walls, through the turns, at LVMS. "We've had them on the inside walls at Lowe's (Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.) for several years," Wheeler said. "Our biggest impacts at Texas, Charlotte and Atlanta have come on the inside (walls) and we've been more sensitive to that than we have been outside walls. That's probably not going to be the case in Vegas because it's a little flatter track. The safety record there has been very, very good." Wheeler said the SAFER system likely would be installed at LVMS later this year and that all SMI oval tracks -- with the exception of Bristol Motor Speedway -- by next year. In addition to LVMS, SMI owns Lowe's Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Infineon Raceway -- a road course -- in Sonoma, CA.(Las Vegas Sun)(3-6-2004)

  • LVMS to dedicate Earnhardt Terrace on Friday: Las Vegas Motor Speedway has honored the memory of seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt with the construction of the 22,000-seat Dale Earnhardt Terrace. On Friday, March 5, the speedway will dedicate the Earnhardt Terrace by unveiling a monument in the midway area behind the grandstands that will be an everlasting tribute to Earnhardt. Bruton Smith, the chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Earnhardt’s widow, Teresa Earnhardt and LVMS general manager Chris Powell will take part in the dedication at 1:30pm/pt [4:40pm/et] on Friday. All race fans attending Pole Day for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam’s Town 300 are invited to attend.(LVMS PR)(3-3-2004)

  • Improvements will greet fans coming to NASCAR Weekend at LVMS: Race fans arriving at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the March 4-7 NASCAR Weekend will notice many enhancements to the facility. In addition to the new Dale Earnhardt Terrace, the speedway has made significant alterations to the property to make fans’ visit to LVMS more enjoyable. Hundreds of yards of chain link fence have been removed from the perimeter of the superspeedway, allowing fans easier access to the midway area. The grandstand area has eight entrance gates and each gate is covered with a red canopy and flanked by six flagpoles. The flagpoles will make it easier for fans to identify gates even on the huge midway. Race fans seated in the grandstands in Turn 1 now have a wide access ramp for quick exit once the event is completed.
    “Our construction crew has been busy making improvements in preparation for NASCAR Weekend,” said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. “We identified areas where we could make it more convenient and enjoyable for our guests and made the necessary changes. The new gates are easy to locate and will lessen the wait in line to enter the grandstand. We have a new ramp behind Section 1 that will allow fans to exit from that area and walk directly to their cars. When we open the gates Friday morning, we are confident our fans will take notice of and enjoy the fresh new look at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.”
    The speedway also has improved the facility’s cosmetics with large, bold letters on the front of the superspeedway suite building that spell out the speedway’s name. Nextel signs have replaced Winston signs and the new Sunoco towers have been built on each end of pit road replacing the 76 Racing balls that had been a staple at NASCAR tracks for decades.
    NASCAR Weekend at LVMS begins Thursday with the Las Vegas Outlaw Nationals Presented by J.D. Byrider for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series. Friday, March 5, opens with Pole Day qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series at the superspeedway, followed by the conclusion of the World of Outlaws series at the dirt oval. The NASCAR Busch Series Sam’s Town 300 will start at 1 p.m. Saturday followed by the Southern Nevada Dodge Dealers Showdown at the Bullring at LVMS at 6 p.m. The seventh annual NASCAR Nextel Cup Series UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 begins at noon on Sunday. Tickets for all events are still available by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-644-4444 or logging on to www.lvms.com.(LVMS PR)(3-3-2004)

  • Pace Truck at Las Vegas: Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and NASCAR Busch Series Sam’s Town 300 will be paced by a new and exciting pace vehicle: the Dodge SRT-10 Ram pickup. This aggressively-engineered vehicle is anything but your average pickup truck. In fact, it outperforms all other trucks and most cars too. The SRT-10 is powered by an aluminum block 8.3L V-10 Viper engine. The 505 cubic inch powerplant creates 500 horsepower and can move the SRT-10 from zero to 60 in just over five seconds. The SRT-10 rides on Bilstein shock absorbers, 22-inch cast aluminum Viper-style wheels and 305/40 Pirelli Scorpion tires. It also features a functional rear wing which reduces both drag and lift. The SRT-10 is available only in red, silver or black and comes with a 500-watt sound system. “The Dodge SRT-10 Ram was just certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest production pickup truck on the planet,” said Dodge Motorsports’ NASCAR Truck Program Manager Scott K. Richter. “NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan drove the Ram to an official average speed of 154.587 mph on a 4.71-mile oval.” The consumer version of the 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10 comes standard with a Hurst shift linkage and a modified version of the Viper SRT-10's Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission. At NASCAR’s request, the SRT-10 pace truck has been modified to use an automatic transmission.(LVMS PR), someone should get the UPS truck to pace the field someplace, that would look wild.(2-28-2004)

  • U.S. DOT Awards: As part of the Bush Administration’s ongoing effort to increase safety belt use nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will present it’s NHTSA's Administrator's Achievement Award to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” and the Autobody Group. Two separate thrilling public service advertisements (PSA) featuring the Thunderbirds in flight and another showcasing NASCAR racing and the LVMS were developed in collaboration with NHTSA to promote the national Click It or Ticket campaign. In a unique partnership approach, the Autobody Group generously underwrote and sponsored placement of these PSAs on local television in the Las Vegas market. The Click It or Ticket campaign is supported by more than 150 national government and private organizations and thousands of local community advocates nationwide. The campaign focuses on reaching 18-34 year-old males, the demographic most likely to be injured or killed in a car crash and least likely to be buckled up. This demographic also makes up a significant part of the racecar industry’s fan base. Every year, Americans invest millions of dollars in auto collision repair. Now, one Las Vegas company is taking some of the dollars generated from fixing auto crashes and investing that money towards preventing them and saving lives. The Auto Body Group, an association of three collision repair centers headquartered in Henderson, NV, is sponsoring the public service announcements aimed at promoting safer streets this race season. The campaign kicked off earlier this year with a series of PSAs featuring the Air Force Thunderbirds aerial acrobatics team and the drivers of Champ Car Racing. Each of these initial spots promotes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket national campaign.
    "The speedway’s involvement in the Buckle Up America campaign is one of many ways that we are trying to promote highway safety and help keep the streets of Las Vegas a safer place for everyone,” said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. “This will be the third year of our Midnight Mayhem street racing program. While our intention in participating in these programs is to improve highway safety, we are grateful and appreciative of the recognition given to the speedway. We are especially honored to share this recognition with Nellis Air Force Base and the Thunderbirds.”(LVMS PR)(2-28-2004)

  • Completed Las Vegas Beltway to aid NASCAR Weekend: Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s ever improving vehicle flow for its NASCAR Weekend should be enhanced significantly this year with the completion of the Las Vegas Beltway, according to LVMS officials. The loop, which opened this past November as Nevada Route 215, connects Interstate 15 North with U.S. 95 and reconnects with I-15 south of the city. The beltway’s northern loop was open for the 2003 event and helped make 2003 the most successful year for ingress and egress in the speedway’s history. “The completion of the beltway will certainly help disperse a lot of cars on I-15,” said Chris Powell, LVMS president and general manager. “We hope that everyone living in the western part of the valley will use the beltway going to and from the speedway. Even if you’re headed to the Strip, it’s not a bad idea to take the beltway to U.S. 95 and go downtown from there. And race fans heading back to Southern California will be able to follow the beltway all the way around the valley until it reconnects with I-15 just south of the airport.”
    Speedway officials still encourage as many race fans as possible to use buses and shuttles such as Citizens Area Transit (CAT) for transportation to the races. “The flow of cars into and out of the speedway has improved steadily from year to year. Each year, we find ways to make the situation even better. We still suggest that fans take the various buses and shuttles that are available from downtown and The Strip as opposed to driving to the speedway.” This year’s event also will see a crackdown on the fraudulent use of handicapped placards. Speedway security will be checking the validity of handicapped passes on each vehicle. “We take caring for the handicapped very seriously at the speedway,” Powell said. “It’s important to us that handicapped fans coming to our race are not inconvenienced by those who are perfectly capable of parking in the general parking area.” General parking is free at LVMS.(LVMS PR)(2-25-2004)

  • Only a few hundred tickets remain for NASCAR Weekend at LVMS: Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for the March 7 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Track officials announced Monday that only a few hundred tickets remain for this year’s event. “We simply want people to know that seats still are available for the race,” said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. “Ticket sales this year have been as brisk as ever, and sometimes the perception in the public is that there is nothing available. There still is time to buy tickets. The great demand continues to reflect the strength of NASCAR racing in Las Vegas as well as the excellent overall experience that people enjoy when they come to here for a major motorsports event. There is no question that this year’s race weekend will provide the largest boom yet for our local economy. Additionally, we’re confident of breaking last year’s attendance mark for the Sam’s Town 300 Busch Series event on Saturday, March 6.” Among the seats still available are handfuls in both the Dale Earnhardt Terrace, the new, 22,000-seat grandstand; and the Vegas Clubhouse, prime seats that allow guests to visit the speedway party rooms, enjoy buffet meals and have wait service at their seats. To purchase tickets, fans can call the speedway’s ticket office at 1-800-644-4444 or log on to www.lvms.com.(LVMS PR)(2-24-2004)

  • USAF Thunderbirds to do rare flyover for UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400: Race fans attending the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will get a rare treat when the United States Air Force Thunderbirds do a Delta Formation flyover prior to the March 7 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event. “The Thunderbirds make up the most exclusive flying squadron in the world,” said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. “The excitement of seeing those six planes trailing white smoke and flying over a packed speedway should give everyone a chill. The Thunderbirds are very selective in performing at sports events, and we are deeply appreciative that they chose to play such a visible role in Nevada’s largest sports weekend.” According to Thunderbirds public affairs, this will mark only the fifth sports flyover performed by the Thunderbirds since 2000. The other events were the 2000 Rose Bowl, the 2001 Super Bowl in Tampa, the 2002 World Series in San Francisco and a NASCAR race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte last year.
    “It is an absolute honor for the Air Force Thunderbirds to be part of the NASCAR Nextel Cup race in our hometown,” said Lt. Col. Mike Chandler, Commander/Leader of the USAF Thunderbirds. “As the Thunderbirds soar over the track during the opening ceremony, we hope NASCAR fans across this great nation feel the power of the world's most respected Air Force and their hearts pump with pride for the men and women of their armed services.  The Air Force shares a special relationship with NASCAR, and I'd like to thank our patriotic neighbors at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for their incredible support of the mission at Nellis Air Force Base.”
    The Thunderbirds will fly over the speedway in their Delta Formation, which means all six planes will be flying together. The Thunderbirds traditionally fly in a four-plane diamond shape with two solo planes until the closing ceremonies of their shows. The Delta Formation is reserved for the close of their shows and special occasions. In addition, race fans attending Pole Day on Friday, March 5 will get a sneak preview of the Thunderbirds air show. From 11 a.m. to noon on March 5, the Thunderbirds will do a practice over the air field. The speedway’s grandstands are a perfect vantage point to watch the practice. Senior Air Force leaders attending the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 will be Major General James Sandstrom, Commander, 19th Air Force, Randolph AFB, TX, and Major General Stephen Wood, Commander Air Warfare Center, Nellis AFB.(LVMS PR), Jayski can't wait to see this!(2-24-2004)

  • Last Race at the Rock? this weekend? UPDATE: North Carolina Speedway general manager Chris Browning said Saturday that no one from NASCAR or International Speedway Corporation has approached him regarding the possibility of moving the track's date to another venue, or selling the track and its date to Speedway Motorsports. Rumors have surfaced throughout the week that this weekend's Subway 400 could be the last race at the gritty 1.017-mile oval. Browning disagrees, saying that NASCAR and ISC understand the challenges of their February race date, and feels confident Rockingham would get the chance to prove their worth with a more favorable date. Browning is confident that the Nextel Cup Series will be racing in North Carolina's sand hills in 2005. "There's been nothing said internally, so I chalk it up to a good rumor," Browning continued. "For 10 years, we were supposed to lose a date, and it's just now happened." Some have speculated that ISC plans to sell the track to Bruton Smith, owner of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., who would then move the date to one of his tracks, likely Texas Motor Speedway. Shareholders of SMI are currently suing NASCAR, claiming NASCAR officials have failed to follow through with a promise to award Texas Motor Speedway a second Cup date. Subsequently, speculation has arisen that the lawsuit could be settled by selling Rockingham to Smith. "The Bruton rumors are just rumors," Browning said. "There is no indication of truth." Browning said ticket sales are already higher than they were for this event last year, due in part to Dale Earnhardt's Jr.'s victory in the Daytona 500, but that the Subway 400 won't sell out. Browning said track officials are working diligently to book events at the track, such as rodeos, car shows and racing events for other series such as ASA and ARCA. They're also open to the idea of installing lights.(in part from NASCAR.com)(2-21-2004)
    UPDATE: Bob Dilner reported on Speed News that word has it that the race this weekend at Rockingham/North Carolina Speedway will be the last Cup race held there, with rumors having the date going to either Phoenix or Texas.(Speed Channel's Speed News - NASCAR Edition) and on Speed's NASCAR: Victory Lane, John Roberts said it was a done deal, but unofficial as NASCAR has not made an announcement yet....he also mentioned Las Vegas as a candiate for the race date.(2-22-2004)

  • NASCAR on Fox crew set to duke it out at the LVMS Bullring: Several members of the NASCAR on Fox broadcast team have committed to race in a special celebrity race as part of the Southern Nevada Dodge Dealers Showdown at the LVMS Bullring on March 6th. Fox’s lead announcer Mike Joy, infield host Jeff “Hollywood” Hammond and pit reporter Dick Breggren have already committed to the event. Other broadcasters are expected to be added later. The announcers will race in equally-prepared Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks in a 20-lap feature event. In addition to the Fox celebrity race, the evening will feature a number of races including, a 100-lap Super Late Model race, 30-lap IMCA Modified feature, 25-lap Legends Cars race, 25-lap Thunder Roadster race and 40-lap Mechanix Wear Speed Truck event. For more info on the race, visit www.lvms.com.(LVMS PR)(2-11-2004)

  • Glowing Track? The glow tracing the track under many of the cars during Las Vegas testing was a ride height laser, which gauges the vertical movement around the car and the angle on the track. The system, which costs about $20,000, provides data that allows the engineers to determine how to adjust shocks and springs and make the best use of a car's aerodynamics.(Yahoo Sports/Sporting News)(2-2-2004)
    AND A ride height laser puts out a beam of red light, just like a laser pointer. A team typically has 4 of these on the car, one at each corner. It is impossible to see these when the car is at speed on the track. More likely, what is being seen is a slip angle sensor. This makes a bright light under the car, as if a flashlight is being ponted down from the car. There are usually 2 of these (but sometimes only one) per vehicle. These sensors tell the team engineer how much the car is in yaw, or how much the front end is sliding in relation to the rear end.(2-2-2004)

  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway joins Nevada's Amber Alert System: Las Vegas Motor Speedway has joined in the effort to protect Nevada's children and assist in recovering kidnapped victims, with the speedway announcing today that it will lend the use of its marquee to state law enforcement agencies in the event of an Amber Alert. Gov. Kenny Guinn signed Assembly Bill 322 on May 6 requiring a statewide Amber Alert system be put in place by July 1. "In these times, we all share concerns about the safety of children," said Chris Powell, the speedway's general manager. "While it's our hope that we never would need to activate an Amber Alert, the speedway wants to do everything in its power to assist in the safe return of any missing or abducted child. As a parent of five sons, I can attest to the extreme importance of this worthy program." Nevada is the 42nd state to implement the Amber Alert system. The system was created in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1996 after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped while riding her bicycle and later killed.(Las Vegas Motor Speedway PR)(7-1-2003)

  • UAW-DaimlerChrysler, LVMS extend sponsorship agreement: The NASCAR Winston Cup event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will continue to be sponsored by UAW-DaimlerChrysler, officials of the sponsoring National Training Center and the speedway announced today. The race name remains the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. "We've been very fortunate to find what we believe to be the best title sponsor in all of NASCAR Winston Cup racing," said Chris Powell, LVMS general manager. "This event has become one of the most popular on the Winston Cup circuit, and our friends with the United Auto Workers, DaimlerChrysler Corporation and the National Training Center share a great deal of responsibility for that success." UAW-DaimlerChrysler joined with Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup event. Since that time, record crowds have flocked to LVMS each year, and just recently, the speedway announced the addition of 15,000 seats prior to the 2004 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. UAW, which has 1,086 local unions nationally ranging in size from fewer than 100 members to locals with more than 15,000 members, has been a sponsor since 1995 at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte.(LVMS PR)(3-19-2003)

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


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • #09 to have pit crew at Vegas: Allow Phoenix Racing general manager Marc Reno to coin a new term: This weekend, he says, they'll be "legitimate-racing" their #09 car. Reno acknowledges that wasn't the case in the Nextel Cup series' most recent race at North Carolina Speedway on Feb. 22. Driver Joe Ruttman turned only one lap in the #09 car before NASCAR officials "parked" him because he didn't have a pit crew. The team took home more than $50,000 for finishing last. "It's just economics," Reno admits. "People will race if they can get the money." Reno says not having anybody in the pits was "a screw-up on our part" but acknowledged the team had no intention of trying to turn more than a few laps. They'll try to run a competitive race with their Busch Series driver, Johnny Benson, behind the wheel at Las Vegas this weekend. But they'll pull him off the track if he gets in the way of series regulars. The fact that Ruttman even qualified for the race was emblematic of a rising problem in NASCAR. Even in a slowly recovering economy, most of NASCAR's high-profile teams have been able to retain primary sponsors and attract associate sponsors. But that hasn't been the case for a few respectable mid-pack teams that have run out of money and stopped showing up at the racetrack. That has created an opportunity for so-called "field fillers," part-time teams who see no shame in showing up, staying out of the way and grabbing a small chunk of the race purse in NASCAR's big-time series. NASCAR vice president of communications Jim Hunter called Ruttman's run "kind of a sham" and said officials would prevent it from happening in the future. "If we know somebody's doing that, we're not going to allow that," Hunter said. But while NASCAR would prefer fully funded teams to field fillers, the situation has provided a compelling underdog story in driver Carl Long. Long managed to make the race at North Carolina Speedway, only to mangle his car in a crash. In a TV interview as he left the infield hospital, Long mentioned that he might not be able to continue racing. The car was his, and he didn't have money to fix it. Fans have sent in small donations in to his Web site totaling more than $9,000. That isn't enough money to fix the car, but Long is getting at least one more chance to race. The Score Motorsports team, owned by veteran driver Hermie Sadler and former NBA player Bryan Stith, are bringing a car and a pit crew to Las Vegas for Long. The car he'll be driving is a Pontiac the team built last season. Pontiac no longer officially races in NASCAR, but its cars are still legal. "Carl taking that flip at Rockingham has turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to him," Sadler said. "I told him, 'You've got to shine while you can, because a month from now, people will be talking about somebody else." Reno, meanwhile, objects to the term field filler. "We're ahead of Michael Waltrip and the 99 car (in owner points) right now. What does that make them?"(USA Today)(3-3-2004)

  • Long and the #02 Get a Sponsor for LVMS: Raceway Media, LLC has signed with SCORE Motorsports to be the primary sponsor for its #02 NEXTEL Cup Series entry that will be driven by Carl Long this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The company is using the race to promote its on line classified division, www.racingjunk.com. RacingJunk.com is a free online classified service where racers, racing fans, and enthusiasts can find everything race related, from racing parts to engines to complete race cars and anything in between. Approximately $80 million dollars worth of products are currently posted on the site, with up to 600 new ads posted daily. About Raceway Media, LLC: Raceway Media is a multimedia publishing company servicing the racing industry, based in North Adams, MA. They publish a quarterly all glossy, full color racing magazine serving the Northeast and a monthly racing shopper that is distributed nationwide. RacingJunk.com is the online classified Website for the racing industry with over 30,000 registered members and over 500,000 visitors monthly. Raceway Media also owns and operates RVJunk.com and BoatingJunk.com.(PR)(3-3-2004)

  • Carl Long to run the #02 at Vegas: SCORE Motorsports, a joint venture between NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler and retired NBA star Bryant Stith, announced today that veteran racer Carl Long will drive the team's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (NNCS) entry for next week's UAW-Daimler-Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Long will attempt to make his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start of the season behind the wheel of the unsponsored #02 Pontiac Grand Prix. "Carl and I talked last Friday at Rockingham, and it seemed like a win-win situation for both of us," stated Hermie Sadler, co-owner of SCORE Motorsports. "We are looking to have a presence in the NEXTEL Cup Series, and this opportunity allows us to do that while allowing me to focus my attention to the performance of our Busch Series team." (#02 Chevy) Sadler, the 1993 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie-of-the-Year also mentioned, "it also gives Carl the opportunity to race while he continues to pursue some other opportunities. We look forward to having him as a part of our team for the event." Sadler, who ran 10 NNCS races in 2003, expressed the team is also hoping to enter the event Atlanta Motor Speedway. "We're seriously considering the AMS (Atlanta Motor Speedway) NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event. We'll know more after Las Vegas, but it's our hope and intent to be competing in the Golden Corral 500 with Carl Long as the driver." Long, a former NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division and ARCA RE/MAX Series driver, made his 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series debut at North Carolina Speedway driving his own No. 46 Al Smith Dodge Intrepid. After starting the event 42nd and running comfortably in the top-35, he was taken out in a vicious accident on lap 265. Long was tagged by Joe Nemechek and tumbled down the backstretch several times, landing on his wheels at the entrance to turn three. He was uninjured in the crash, and credited with a 38th-place finish. Long hopes to make his tenth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start next week and is ecstatic about the chance to join SCORE Motorsports for Vegas.
    "I am very honored about having another shot to race in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, especially with SCORE Motorsports," he said. "I am very confident that I will be able to give 150% behind the wheel for the team, and I feel there should be no reason why a top-20 finish should be out of the question. This opportunity with Hermie Sadler and SCORE Motorsports came before our accident on Sunday," Long said emphatically. "I've been friends with Hermie for many years, and this was a deal that was beneficial to both of us. I'm hoping that out all the details can be worked out with Spears Motorsports, which will allow me to compete in the 500-mile event in Atlanta," Long continued. He is a member of the Spears Motorsports team that David Starr drives for in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. "My duties for Spears Motorsports are my main concern, so we'll have to play it by ear." One obstacle the Virginia-based operation faces is finding the backing for two of the most exciting NNCS races of the season. "At this point we do not have a primary sponsor, but we are looking and asking any interested parties to please contact us," Sadler mentioned. Anyone interested in sponsorship opportunities at SCORE Motorsports can find contact info at their website at: www.sadlerfanclub.com.(2-25-2004)

  • Elliott schedule to be more limited? Sponsorship may limit Bill Elliott's 2004 Nextel Cup Series schedule, team owner Ray Evernham said Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. Evernham said all he could confirm this season for Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR Cup champion, was three events: The Feb. 7 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona and Nextel Cup races at Las Vegas and Texas. Evernham said lack of sponsorship was tying his hands in terms of planning any further. Evernham also said although he had done a one-race experiment in the Busch Series with Mayfield, which resulted in a fourth place finish at Rockingham last fall, he did not immediately foresee running Busch races this season. Evernham said Elliott, who will work as Kahne's advisor for many of the early-season races, likely would not do more than 15 races no matter what the sponsorship program is.(NASCAR.com)(1-8-2004)

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


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #01-Joe Nemechek USG Sheetrock Las Vegas #01 Paint Scheme Page
    #2-Rusty Wallace Great Moments in Miller Racing Las Vegas #2 Paint Scheme Page
    #30-Johnny Sauter AOL/IMAX Las Vegas none
    #43-Jeff Green Lucky Charms Las Vegas #43 Paint Scheme Page
    #99-Jeff Burton Pennzoil Las Vegas #99 Paint Scheme Page


  • Special Scheme for Rusty too: Rusty Wallace's #2 Miller Lite Dodge will sport a special paint scheme this weekend, celebrating “Great Moments in Miller Racing.” (see image on my #2 Team Schemes page). The one-time look for Wallace's car is in support of Miller's special six commemorative 24-oz. racing-themed cans currently available in convenience stores across the country. Each can features a different milestone in either Wallace's or Miller Lite NHRA drag racing teammate Larry Dixon's illustrious careers. Dixon 's Don ‘the Snake' Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite dragster is carrying a similar color scheme during this weekend's NHRA stop in Phoenix.(TRPR)(3-3-2004)

  • #43 hopes to be 'Lucky' at Vegas: Driver Jeff Green knows a few extra breaks here and there would sure come in handy when the NASCAR Nextel Cup series reaches the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway next week. “If there’s any place that a little extra luck could make the difference, it’s Las Vegas,” the Owensboro, Ky., native said. “There couldn’t be a better place for us to run the Lucky Charms Dodge and we’re hoping it’ll give us the edge we’re looking for on the track.” Green will drive the #43 Lucky Charms Dodge throughout the Las Vegas weekend for Petty Enterprises. Lucky Charms is among the popular cereal brands made by the 43 car’s primary sponsor General Mills. “Maybe this will give us a little extra advantage,” he laughed. “All I know is that winning at Las Vegas would, for sure, be ‘magically delicious.’” Prominently featuring Lucky the Leprechaun on the hood, sides and rear, the Sam Bass-designed Lucky Charms Dodge has a red background with Lucky Charms rainbow colors as accents. The design also showcases the cereal’s famed marshmallows and trademark rainbow. “Having some of the Lucky Charms luck rub off on us would be great, and having Lucky the Leprechaun on the car close to St. Patrick’s Day can’t hurt either,” Green laughed. “This #43 team has been moving forward this season,” Green said. “We’ve seen some pretty good moments at Daytona and Rockingham, and we think we’re going to be pretty good at Las Vegas.”(Williams Company PR), see images of the car on my #43 Team Paint Scheme Page or 2004 Cup Paint Scheme page.(2-26-2004)

  • Pennzoil back to Cup...on the #99 for Vegas UPDATE: been told that Pennzoil, currently a primary sponsor in Roush Racing's #9 part time Busch Series team and Cup associate on all the teams, will be the primary sponsor for Jeff Burton on the #99 Roush Racing Ford at Las Vegas [Jayski will be there]. See my #99 Team Paint Scheme Page for images of the scheme.(2-17-2004)
    UPDATE: Roush Racing announced today that Pennzoil will be the primary sponsor on the #99 Ford of Jeff Burton for the Las Vegas race on Sunday, March 7, 2004. "We're real excited to have Pennzoil on the No. 99 Ford for Las Vegas," said Burton. "Pennzoil is a primary sponsor on the No. 9 Busch car but it's great to have them on the Cup car as well. They are a great partner for Roush Racing and they provide us with a product that is second to none. We look forward to running up front with the No. 99 Pennzoil Ford in a couple weeks." Pennzoil is also a primary sponsor on the #9 Busch car which is shared by Burton, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth. In addition, Pennzoil will be the primary sponsor on Greg Biffle's NEXTEL Cup car for the first Pocono race. The addition of Pennzoil as the primary sponsor for the #99 Roush Racing Ford in Las Vegas is the latest in the continued search for a full-time sponsor on the #99 Ford. This announcement comes at a time when interest in the program is increasing each day. "There is a lot of interest in the program right now," said Burton. "The team needs to stay focused on the racing right now while our marketing department does their job. We have a lot of irons in the fire and I feel confident that we'll have more announcements in the future."(Roush Racing PR)(2-18-2004)

  • USG to Continue Partnerships with NASCAR, MB2/MBV Motorsports: USG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of building materials, including the industry leading Sheetrock Brand, announced it will continue its partnership affiliations with NASCAR and MB2/MBV Motorsports. The 2004 sponsorship programs that USG Sheetrock Brand will be actively involved in are as follows:
    * Primary, Associate Sponsorships with MB2/MBV Motorsports
    Along with being a season-long major associate sponsor on the #01 U.S. Army/MB2 Chevrolet, driven by Joe Nemechek, USG Sheetrock Brand will also be the team's primary sponsor at four NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races in 2004 -- Las Vegas (March 7), Chicago (July 11), New Hampshire (Sept. 19) and Darlington (Nov. 14).
    USG will also carry a season-long associate sponsorship with MB2's teammate, the #10 Valvoline/MBV Chevrolet driven by Scott Riggs in 2004.
    * NASCAR Promotional Partner
    * USG Person of the Year
    The award is designed to honor NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers for their community service contributions and charitable efforts. For the purpose of determining the NASCAR USG Person of the Year award, the program will be divided into four quarters in which drivers are nominated for their off-track charitable efforts. A group of panelists will select one of the quarterly finalists as the USG Person of the Year. The award will be presented in New York during the week of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet.
    * USG Driver of the Race
    At each NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points race, the driver displaying the USG contingency decal on their car who has the best finishing position will win the cash award. The award will be split between the driver and the driver's selected charities.
    * NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series USG Night at the Races
    USG will sponsor "USG Night at the Races" at 26 local race tracks that are part of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. The events are intended to provide USG customers an opportunity to enjoy an evening of stock car racing.
    USG Corporation, based in Chicago, is a Fortune 500 company with subsidiaries that are market leaders in their key product groups: gypsum wallboard, joint compound and related gypsum products; cement board; gypsum fiber panels; ceiling panels and grid; and building products distribution. For more information about USG Corporation, visit the USG home page at www.usg.com.(PR)(1-27-2004)

  • NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience: see some QuickTime clips of the new NASCAR movie, NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience, which is scheduled for release on March 12, 2004.
    Plot Summary: "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" will transport fans directly into the driver's seat to explore the world of today's elite NASCAR drivers and teams. The film will briefly take fans into reverse to review the history of this legendary sport, told from the viewpoint of some of its most revered drivers, and will then thrust into high gear with a look at the thrilling phenomenon that is NASCAR today. Featuring rare behind-the-scenes glimpses, as well as gripping footage of the unpredictable action on the track, "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" will provide a close-up look at what motivates NASCAR drivers in and out of competition. "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" will also focus on the science of today's racing technology, the cutting-edge racing machines and the underlying physics that drivers depend on to make turns at the highest speeds while skillfully maneuvering within inches of their competitors. More info at ComingSoon.net Film Database.
    AND special paint scheme: The film is called NASCAR 3D and will be an in depth behind the scenes film about the sport of NASCAR. The #30 driven by Johnny Sauter will run a special paint scheme at the Las Vegas race with both RCR and AOL. AOL Broadband is the primary sponsor partner of the film release so that will guarantee an incredible amount of media awareness and hype surrounding the launch of the film.(12-20-2002)

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


SOME NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Some LVMS Notes:
    · 21 drivers have competed in every NASCAR Nextel Cup race at LVMS. Three of those drivers (Skinner, Spencer and Kenny Wallace) are not entered this year.
    · Michael Waltrip and Joe Nemechek have started every Nextel Cup and Busch race ever held at LVMS. They are both entered in both races this year as well.
    · No driver qualifying in the top five has ever won a Nextel Cup race at LVMS. Mark Martin won from seventh in 1998.
    · There will be three Las Vegas-born drivers (Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Brendan Gaughan) competing in this year's race.
    · John Andretti, Ricky Craven, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace have competed in every Nextel Cup race at LVMS but have no Top-10 finishes. [Andretti and Wallace will not run the Cup race]
    · Jack Roush has posted wins at LVMS with three different drivers (Martin, J. Burton and Kenseth)
    · Jeff Gordon at 29 is the youngest driver to ever win at LVMS, while Bobby Labonte at 34 was the youngest pole sitter for a Nextel Cup race at LVMS.
    · Tony Stewart and Jason Leffler are the only drivers to compete at LVMS in an Indy Racing League, Busch Series and Nextel Cup event. Leffler also has competed here in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
    · Rookies have qualified on the front row in two of the past four races. (Scott Pruett in 2000 and Ryan Newman in 2002)
    · Ford has won the four of the first six Nextel Cup races in Las Vegas.
    · There have been six caution flags in each of the past three NNC races at LVMS.
    · Two of the past three UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 winners have gone on to win the season championship. Jeff Gordon in 2001 and Matt Kenseth in 2003.
    · Two of the last three UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 winners' starting spots have coincided with their car number. Jeff Gordon started 24th in 2001 and Matt Kenseth started 17th in 2003.(LVMS PR)(3-3-2004)

  • "Who's Hot / Who's Not“ Heading to Las Vegas:
    Hot: Jeff Gordon has scored three straight top-10 finishes, a streak that began at Homestead last November. Dale Earnhardt has scored two top-five finishes in 2004. Matt Kenseth has scored two top-10 finishes in 2004.
    Not: Jeff Burton has finished 42nd and 37th in the first two races in 2004. Robby Gordon has finished 35th and 36th in the first two races in 2004. Michael Waltrip has finished 38th and 33rd in the first two races of 2004.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(3-2-2004)

  • 44 and counting: after finishing the Subway 400, #5-Terry Labonte is now carrying a string of 44 consecutive races without a DNF (did not finish), the longest current streak in NEXTEL Cup. The modern-era record is 56 straight, set by Jeff Gordon in 2001-02. Labonte was one of only two drivers who completed all 36 races last season, the other being Kevin Harvick.(HMS PR)(2-25-2004)


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