THE RACE: GFS Marketplace 400

    Nextel Cup Race #23 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
    Updated: often, leading up to the race

  • Race: Sunday, August 22, 2004 in Brooklyn, MI

  • TV: TNT 2:00pm/et

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

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, August 25 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, August 26 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, August 27 [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: $4,926,541 (was $4,265,337 in 2003)

    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, August 20, 11:00am - 12:50pm/et; Saturday, August 21, 9:30 - 10:15am/et

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 21, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-TNT at 12:00pm/et via tape.

    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 20, 10:00am/et

  • Qualfying Order Links: moved to the race results section below
  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, August 20 at 3:10pm/et, TV-TNT live, no re-air, live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.

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

  • Track Specs:
    Superspeedway: 2.0-mile D-shaped oval
    Banking: turns: 18 degrees; straights: frontstretch 12 degrees, backstretch 5 degrees
    Backstretch Length: 2,242 feet; Front stretch Length: 2,229 feet
    73 feet wide with 10-foot apron in turns, 45 feet wide with 12-foot apron on straightaways
    Pit lane is 50 feet wide and contains space for 44 individual pit areas
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Seating: 136,000, attendence: 151,000.

  • Track Homepage: Michigan International Speedway

  • June's Race: see my 2004 June Michigan Race Info page

  • Last Year: see my 2003 August Michigan Race Info page


    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup: Left - 1,200, Right - 1,200;
    Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550

    Tire Codes:
    Left - D-6810;
    Right - D-6812

    Tire Circumference:
    Left - 87.4 in.;
    Right - 88.6 in.

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 30 psi;
    Left Rear - 30 psi;
    Right Front - 48 psi;
    Right Rear - 45 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 24 psi;
    Left Rear - 24 psi;
    Right Front - 44 psi;
    Right Rear - 41 psi

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage.

    Notes: This is the second consecutive race Goodyear has brought this particular combination of left- and right-side tires to Michigan . . . in addition to Michigan in June, Nextel Cup teams have run this combination earlier this season at California, Charlotte, Dover and Chicago . . . Cup teams will also run these tire codes four more times this season -- California, Dover, Kansas and Charlotte . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Michigan . . . the air pressure in the inner liners must be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

    Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "Comparing what Goodyear has brought to Michigan in the past, this year's right-side compound is only slightly softer than in 2003, while the left-side compound is significantly softer. The overall construction is also softer, continuing on what we've done with the entire 2004 tire lineup. We have traditionally seen two-tire stops at Michigan, based on many of the races coming down to fuel mileage. Even though our compounds are softer this year, we can still expect to see some teams employ a two-tire strategy to gain track position."


  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $30,000 at Michigan 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

  • 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 Michigan: $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*
    Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
    (* won race and bonus)(#29-Harvick and #48-Johnson are not eligible)
    MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings: Jeff Gordon 11
    Tony Stewart 11
    Matt Kenseth 6



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news and links

  • Biffle wins at Michigan: #16-Greg Biffle won the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway, his 2nd career NASCAR Nextel Cup win [he won at Daytona in July 2003]. No Powerade controversy in Victory Lane this week [Biffle is a Coca-Cola driver]. The rest of the top five were: #6-Martin [after a pit stop miscue concerning a lugnut put him back to 28th midway in the race], #88-Jarrett, #42-McMuuray and #9-Kahne. #99-Carl Edwards made quite a debut, finishing 10th. Jeff Burton, in his first run in the #30 AOL Chevy, came home 12th. #48-Jimmie Johnson lost an engine...again, third race in a row, to finish 40th and lost the points lead to #24-Jeff Gordon, who now leads Johnson by 68 points. #9-Kahne moves into 10th in points, 6 points ahead of his teammate, #19-Jeremy Mayfield. The race was slowed by a record tying 9 cautions [for 33 laps]. Biffle started 24th, which ties a record for the farthest back a winner has started the August race at Michigan, 24th, also done by Harry Gant in 1992.
    Race results at:

    Motorsports One

  • Top Five Drivers Points Standings after Michigan:
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 3254 - clinched a spot in the Chase for the Championship
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3186, -68
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3115, -139
    #20-Tony Stewart, 3089, -165
    #17-Matt Kenseth, 3018, -236
    The race for 10th
    9th: #18-Labonte, +7
    10th: #9-Kahne, 2792
    11th: #19-Mayfield, -6
    12th: #6-Martin, -33
    13th: #12-Newman. 44
    14th: #88-Jarrett, -58
    Drivers up to 24th in the drivers standings are still 'in the chase', 25th and back have been eliminated.
    Standings at or

  • Michigan Race Notes: Greg Biffle won the 2004 GFS Marketplace 400, scoring his second career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 65th career start. His last victory came at Daytona in July 2003, 42 races ago. Biffle scored his first victory at Michigan and his first victory in 2004. It was his second top-five finish in four races at Michigan. Biffle became the 11th different race winner in 2004 and climbed from 24th to 18th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Biffle led six times for 73 laps including the final 18 of the 400 laps raced, leading the most laps for the first time in his career.
    This was the seventh victory for Ford in 2004. Chevrolet has won 14 and Dodge has two.
    Notebook Items:
    The Race for a Top 10 Points Position Remains very Close
    With three races remaining, there is still time in the race to secure a spot in the final top-10 before the race for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup begins in earnest at New Hampshire in September. As much as 156 points can change within one race, based on the difference of a first-place finish leading the most laps (190 points) as opposed to a 43rd-place finish (34 points). All of the top-15 points positions following Michigan are separated by less than 156 points, meaning all of those positions conceivably can change hands at Bristol.
    Jeff Gordon, by virtue of his 468-point lead over 11th-place Jeremy Mayfield has secured one of the 10 positions in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Gordon only has to start in each of the remaining three races to maintain a top-10 position at the conclusion of race No. 26 at Richmond.
    Kasey Kahne moved into 10th in the point standings but the next five drivers are all within just 70 points of the coveted 10th position.
    Conversely, the top-five drivers are locked into the top-10 for this coming week. Fifth-place Matt Kenseth is 232 ahead of 11th-place Jeremy Mayfield and cannot drop out of the top 10. Kurt Busch, Elliott Sadler, Kevin Harvick, Bobby Labonte, and Kasey Kahne all could conceivably lose their top-10 ranking at Bristol.
    Kasey Kahne climbed from 11th to 10th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings with his fifth-place finish at Michigan and became just the second driver to enter the top-10 in the point standings since Bobby Labonte moved from 12th to 10th following race No. 9 at Talladega,15 races ago. Five of the top 10 drivers in the point standings changed points positions in the GFS Marketplace 400.
    A total of $970,000 will be paid at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup banquet in New York. That is a $400,000 increase over one year ago and includes a $250,000 bonus to the driver who finishes 11th in the final point standings. The 11th-place driver will join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the banquet in New York in December.
    Jeff Gordon assumed the lead in the NASCAR NEXTEL point standings, the first time he has led the point standings since the final race of 2001.
    Jimmie Johnson (40th today) dropped from first to second in the point standings ending an eight-race run as leader of the standings. He now trails first-place Jeff Gordon by 68 points. Johnson lost 135 points of his point lead in the 2004 Brickyard 400, 57 more at Watkins Glen and dropped 108 points at Michigan for a 300 point loss in the last three races.
    Johnson scored his fifth DNF in 2004. This marked the first time in Johnson's career that he has scored three straight DNFs.
    Mark Martin (second) scored his 10th top-10 finish in 2004. It marked his 38th race at Michigan International Speedway where he has scored 25 top-10 finishes. Martin is only 33 points from 10th-place Kasey Kahne. It was the first time that Roush Racing finished 1-2 since the Pepsi 400 at Daytona in 2003.
    Dale Jarrett (third) scored his eighth top-10 finish in 2004 and is only 58 points from 10th-place Kasey Kahne. This was his 20th top-10 finish in 36 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    Jamie McMurray (fourth) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2004. This was his fourth race at Michigan International Speedway and first top 10 finish there. McMurray remained 15th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings. He is 70 points from 10th-place Kahne.
    Kasey Kahne (fifth) scored his ninth top-10 finish in 2004. It was his second top-five finish in two races at Michigan International Speedway. He is just six points ahead of his 11th-place teammate Jeremy Mayfield
    Carl Edwards finished 10th in his career-first NASCAR Nextel Cup race.
    Matt Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 in 58 straight races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-22-2004)

  • Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Michigan: In what turned out to be a runaway, Greg Biffle took the GFS Marketplace 400 today at Michigan International Speedway for his first win of '04 and the second of his Cup career. We don't often see a margin of victory this large (8.2 seconds)....and he was pulling away at the end. Biffle's other win came at Daytona in July of 2003, and this victory (worth $190,180) moves him into a tie for 89th on the all-time win list. This was win #72 for Roush Racing as well.
    We sure had a lot of spinning today....and I don't just mean on the track. You gotta hand it to those guys in NASCAR Control, they can do the best job of makin' it up on the fly as anybody we've ever seen. Course, they could have always used their favorite "actions detrimental to Stock Car Racing" (even in the case of lug nuts!) and the TV guys would have bought it. BTW, those lug nuts I'm referring to belonged to the runner-up, Biffle's teammate Mark Martin. He's probably got an argument, but it won't do him any good.
    Another teammate, Carl Edwards (10th) made his first career Nextel Cup start a memorable one as he gives us the 36th different driver to score a Top-10 this season.....last year we had 42.
    Jeff Burton (12th) proved it doesn't matter which car he's in.....this was his 3rd straight (and 4th in the last 5 races) finish in the 12th position.
    Scott Riggs (19th) had his best finish since he was 16th at Pocono in June.
    Kirk Shelmerdine (37th) had his best finish since he was 26th at Talladega in May of 1994! (only 13 races)
    STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
    Tony Stewart has 6 Top-10's in the last 7 races.
    Kasey Kahne has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    Kurt Busch has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    Matt Kenseth has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week goes to a lonely Greg Biffle (+23). DOWN: The Big Dropper (for the second week in a row) was Jimmie Johnson (-39), followed by Elliott Sadler (-26). Another slim day in the "Shaft".....must be the rain on Friday.
    A change at the top of the point standings today as Jeff Gordon replaces Jimmie Johnson. JJ had held the top spot since Infineon in June (7 races). Gordon's "Magic Number" is now 43rd.....that means he simply has to start the final three events to guarantee a spot in the Chase, and after next week (in all probability) he'd be in even he wanted to take a vacation.
    Kasey Kahne replaces his teammate "on the bubble" as he's now firmly entrenched in 10th (by six points!). 9th to 15th is now separated by 77 markers with three races left till The Chase commences. With what we're looking at this Saturday, think there'll be a little pressure?
    Greg Biffle's win moved him up six spots in the standings (24th to 18th), while we had two drivers (Robby Gordon and Terry Labonte) fall two spots each.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(8-22-2004)

  • The GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 200 of 200 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot
    #16-Biffle (24)(73 laps led)
    #6-Martin (13)(46 laps led) - 8.2 seconds back
    #88-Jarrett (14)
    #42-McMurray (15)(3 laps led)
    #9-Kahne (11)(5 laps led)
    #97-Busch (7)(4 laps led)
    #24-Gordon (2)(37 laps led)
    #17-Kenseth (5)
    #20-Stewart (4)
    #99-Edwards (23)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 17 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (11):
    #50-Bodine (?-out)
    #02-Sadler (engine-out)
    #98-Cope (engine-out)
    #48-Johnson (engine-out)
    #80-Long (?-out)
    #09-Hamilton Jr. (?-out)
    #2-Wallace (engine-out)
    #72-Shelmerdine (?-out)
    #32-Craven (?-out)
    #89-Shepherd (?-out)
    #77-Gaughan (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (13 with 25 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (37);
    #5-Labonte (1);
    #97-Busch (4);
    #16-Biffle (73 - led most);
    #22-Wimmer (3);
    #6-Martin (46)
    #4-Spencer (3);
    #10-Riggs (12);
    #42-McMurray (3);
    #77-Gaughan (2);
    #38-Sadler (9 - led halfway);
    #15-Waltrip (1);
    #9-Kahne (6);

  • Lap leaders: Jeff Gordon 1-30, Terry Labonte 31, J. Gordon 32-38, Kurt Busch 39-42, Greg Biffle 43-46, Scott Wimmer 47-49, Mark Martin 50, Biffle 51-54, Martin 55-72, Jimmy Spencer 73-75, Scott Riggs 76-80. Martin 81-82, Jamie McMurray 83-85, Martin 86-92, Brendan Gaughan 93-94, Elliott Sadler 95-103, Biffle 104-110, Martin 111-130, Michael Waltrip 131, Biffle 132-138, Kasey Kahne 139-143, Biffle 144-174, Kahne 175, Riggs 176- 182, Biffle 183 - 200.

    Cautions: 9 for 33 laps

    Caution 9 - Laps 130 - 134: #38-Sadler lost a left front tire in turn 2 and left debris on the track and tore up the fender. Ties a record with 9 cautions.
    Caution 8 - Laps 99 - 101: #97-Busch spun on the back stretch, but saved it before hitting the inside retaining wall and drove to the pits for 4 new tires.
    Caution 7 - Laps 92 - 94: #22-Wimmer spun on the back stretch, said he got help, but TV didn't catch it..
    Caution 6 - Laps 71 - 73: #80-Long got loose and spun.
    Caution 5 - Laps 58 - 60: Debris on the start/finish line, a nice hunk of metal.
    Caution 4 - Laps 51 - 54: #98-Cope lost an engine/put some oil on the track, #45-Petty got into the oil/debris.
    Caution 3 - Laps 46 - 49: Debris in turn three.
    Caution 2 - Laps 30 - 33: #02-Sadler lost an engine.
    Caution 1 - Laps 4 - 6: #8-Earnhardt Jr. got into the back of #48-Johnson, who went up the track, #9-Kahne checked up, #29-Harvick got close to the #9, which spun.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Michigan - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
    (FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
    Caution 9: #12-Newman(2), 14th
    Caution 8: #45-Petty (2), 29th
    Caution 7: #43-Green, 23rd
    Caution 6: #45-Petty, 29th
    Caution 5: #72-Shelmerdine, still 2 laps down, 37th
    Caution 4: #80-Long, 39th
    Caution 3: #12-Newman, 14th
    Caution 2: #89-Shepherd, 34th
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- #9-Kahne is reporting his engine is fading as of lap 190.
    ---- #10-Riggs was the final lap leader to make a pit stop, on lap 183, gas only.
    ---- 'final' green flag stops occurred around lap 173-177 range.
    ---- on lap 151, #38-Salder came back on the track, 20 laps down.
    ---- as of lap 151, #77-Gaughan is falling back, possbily losing an engine.
    ---- as of lap 135, #38-Sadler if off track, getting a radiator replaced.
    ---- #6-Martin was penalized with a stop-n-go during the 9th caution after NASCAR official said the team left a lug not off the left rear, crew chief, Pat Tryson protested, saying it was on.
    ---- MRN radio is reporting that #38-Sadler is leaking some sort of fluid? the team is trying to replace the left side front fender without losing a lap.
    ---- during the 9th caution, #77-Gaughan team let a tire roll across pit road, so the #77 goes to the end of the longest line.
    ---- as of lap 125, #89-Shepherd is back on the track, 30 laps down.
    ---- on lap 110, #2-Wallace pulled into his pit, without any power.
    ---- WOW! on lap 83, #48-Johnson, while running 5th, called in and said he had a cylinder down, then he had no power, then that his engine was gone.
    ---- #30-Burton came into pit during the 6th caution, but missed his pit as he was't looking for the #30 board.
    ---- #4-Spencer in the pits during the 5th caution with hood up, possible fuel leak.
    ---- during the 6th caution, #17-Kenseth had the car fall off the jack.
    ---- #8-Earnhardt Jr. is having handling problems, has been in many times during the 3rd and 4th cautions.
    ---- most of the leaders came in to pit during the 3rd caution, #12-Newman back on the lead lap.
    ---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 2nd caution.
    ---- on lap 14, #12-Newman made another pit stop as his water temp is 260, the crew cleaned the grill off which had debris on it.
    ---- a few cars made pit stops during the first caution, including #8-Earnhardt Jr. [too tight] while running 5th, #9-Kahne and #10-Riggs.
    ---- Newman's crew noticed the right rear tire was down, and brought the car in to change the tires, NASCAR said no or go to the rear, so they changed the right side, then came back a 2nd time to change left side tires.
    ---- to the back, #45-Kyle Petty [engine], #42-Jamie McMurray [engine], #5-Terry Labonte [engine], #12-Newman [changed tires before the start of the race] - looks like the #42 didn't change an engine, he didn't fall to the rear.

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Michigan?
    #48-Johnson, 40th
    #24-Gordon, 7th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 21st
    #20-Stewart, 9th
    #17-Kenseth, 8th
    #38-Sadler, 32nd
    #97-Busch, 6th
    #29-Harvick, 16th
    #18-Labonte, 26th
    #19-Mayfield, 11th

  • TO THE BACK [4?]: #45-Kyle Petty lost an engine in Happy Hour practice, and the #42-Jamie McMurray supposedly lost an engine in one of the practices, so both drivers will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Sunday.(8-21/22-2004)
    AND#5-Terry Labonte [engine], #12-Newman [changed tires before the start of the race] to the rear.(8-22-2004)
    NOTE: McMurray did not fall to the rear of the field, so they must had NOT changed an engine.(8-22-2004)

  • Happy Hour practice for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest were:
    #38-Sadler 187.539
    #9-Kahne 187.295
    #2-Wallace 187.222
    #97-Busch 186.906
    #19-Mayfield 186.770
    slowest were #98-Cope 177.187 and #89-Shepherd 178.594.
    no speed listed for #72-Shelmerdine.
    most laps run: #48-Johnson, 41; #18-Labonte, 37.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #38-Sadler 184.098, 29 laps
    #9-Kahne 183.734, 23 laps
    #24-Gordon 183.707, 19 laps
    See speeds at or

  • Saturday's first practice for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway is over, the fastest were:
    #48-Johnson 188.487
    #19-Mayfield 188.393
    #25-Vickers 188.294
    #38-Sadler 188.275
    #88-Jarrett 188.245
    slowest were: #72-Shelmerdine 176.289 and #98-Cope 178.055.
    most laps run: #20-Stewart 33 laps; #40-Marlin 31 laps.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #6-Martin 186.154, 27 laps
    #97-Busch 185.935, 13 laps
    #17-Kenseth 184.833, 16 laps
    Speeds can be seen at: or

  • RAIN at Michigan International Speedway has cancelled Nextel Cup qualifying for the GFS Marketplace 400 and the field was set by the NASCAR Rules book [see rules on my provisional land page]. So the top five are: #48-Jimmie Johnson, #24-Jeff Gordon, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #20-Tony Stewart, #17-Matt Kenseth. The weather for Saturday and Sunday looks good, practice and races should be run with little problems from Mother Nature.
    For starting lineups, see:

    Motorsports One

  • Stock Car Fans - Ramblings - Michigan: If you think it was tough coming up with something to write about last week, you ain't seen nuttin' yet.....We had a wash-out for the second week in a row, so if the lineup looks like a rerun from the Glen, you'll know why. Jimmie Johnson will lead 'em to the green (for the second week in a row on points) for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway with teammate Jeff Gordon alongside.
    The NASCAR community has gotta rally around one of it's own again this weekend with the passing of Tommy Baldwin Thursday Night in a Featherlite Modified race. It may sound trite, but his son Tommy Jr. knows he was doing what he loved, and we hope he can find comfort in that....
    #29-Kevin Harvick (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th at Infineon in June.
    #6-Mark Martin (13th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Infineon in June.
    #31-Robby Gordon (19th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 5th when we were here in June.
    Welcome to the Big Time: Carl Edwards (23rd) takes over in the Roush #99 this week and makes his first-ever Nextel Cup start.
    #72-Kirk Shelmerdine (37th) has his best starting spot since he started 32nd at Texas World Speedway (remember that place?) in June of 1981 (only 14 races) Well, this'll kill a couple bytes....
    We raced at Texas World Speedway from 1971-73 (Richard Petty won in '71 &'72, Buddy Baker in '72, and Richard Petty again in 1973), then again from 1979-1981 (Darrell Waltrip in '79, Cale Yarborough in '80, and Benny Parsons won the final race there in '81). An impressive list of winners from the elite of NASCAR's top division....always wondered why that place couldn't make it.
    STREAKIN....Elliot Sadler has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    Tony Stewart has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. has 4 Top-5 starts in the last 5 races.
    We had a heavy car count this's a shame we didn't get to see the efforts of the bottom tier of the field bear fruit. We'll have to wait for the official results to come out to see how many NASCAR puts in the DNQ category as we had 52 teams draw for a qualifying effort, 49 cars participate in the first practice, then NASCAR listed 50 cars (they've got the 137 twice) on the race lineup.
    The Trouble Train includes: Kevin Lepage, Stanton Barrett, Kyle Busch, Kerry Earnhardt (remember he is the "Rain Man"), J. J. Yeley, Mike Wallace, and Stan Boyd. We've got four races left in the prelims, and at a track where we've seen more than our fair-share of cars run out of gas it'll be interesting to see who pushes it on Sunday and who plays it safe.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(8-20-2004)

  • Qualifying was rained out, the field was set at Michigan 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) #29-Kevin Harvick [Owners Points Position]
    9) #18-Bobby Labonte [Owners Points Position]
    10) #19-Jeremy Mayfield [Owners Points Position]
    11) #9-Kasey Kahne [Owners Points Position]
    12) #12-Ryan Newman [Owners Points Position]
    13) #6-Mark Martin [Owners Points Position]
    14) #88-Dale Jarrett [Owners Points Position]
    15) #42-Jamie McMurray [Owners Points Position]
    16) #41-Casey Mears [Owners Points Position]
    17) #15-Michael Waltrip [Owners Points Position]
    18) #2-Rusty Wallace [Owners Points Position]
    19) #31-Robby Gordon [Owners Points Position]
    20) #40-Sterling Marlin [Owners Points Position]
    21) #5-Terry Labonte [Owners Points Position]
    22) #25-Brian Vickers [Owners Points Position]
    23) #99-Carl Edwards [Owners Points Position]
    24) #16-Greg Biffle [Owners Points Position]
    25) #01-Joe Nemechek [Owners Points Position]
    26) #22-Scott Wimmer [Owners Points Position]
    27) #21-Ricky Rudd [Owners Points Position]
    28) #30-Jeff Burton [Owners Points Position]
    29) #0-Ward Burton [Owners Points Position]
    30) #77-Brendan Gaughan [Owners Points Position]
    31) #10-Scott Riggs [Owners Points Position]
    32) #45-Kyle Petty [Owners Points Position]
    33) #49-Ken Schrader [Owners Points Position]
    34) #43-Jeff Green [Owners Points Position]
    35) #32-Ricky Craven [Owners Points Position]
    by 'team' race attempts, ties broken by owners points position
    36) #50-Todd Bodine [22 race attempts, 37th Owners Points]
    37) #72-Kirk Shelmerdine [22 race attempts, 41st]
    38) #4-Jimmy Spencer [21 race attempts, 36th]
    39) #98-Derrike Cope [20 race attempts, 39th]
    40) #89-Morgan Shepherd [19 race attempts, 40th]
    41) #09-Bobby Hamilton Jr. [17 race attempts, 38th]
    42) #02-Hermie Sadler [16 race attempts, 42nd]
    43) #80-Carl Long [11 race attempts, 45th]

    missing the race [unofficial]
    #51-Kevin Lepage [8 race attempts, 49th - 249 owners points]
    #37-Stanton Barrett [8 race attempts, 50th - 232 owners points]
    #33-Kerry Earnhardt [4 race attempts, 48th]
    #84-Kyle Busch [4 race attempts, 54th]
    #00-Kenny Wallace [4 race attempts, 57th]
    #62-Larry Hollenbeck [no owners points, 7th in qualifying order]
    #11-J.J. Yeley [no owners points, 11th in qualifying order]
    #35-Mike Wallace [no owners points, 36th in qualifying order]
    #79-Stan Boyd [no owners points, 52nd in qualifying order]

  • So how is the field set if qualifying is rained out?
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ [Kenseth] or the Event Champion [Newman] 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)(8-20-2004)

  • Friday Practice for the GFS Marketplace 400 at MIS is over after more then an hour rain delay, then it stopped due rain, after 48 minutes, the fastest were;
    #19-Mayfield 192.761
    #2-Wallace 191.128
    #38-Sadler 191.088
    #97-Busch 191.063
    #16-Biffle 191.037
    slowest were: #72-Shelmerdine 172.965 and #98-Cope at 179.207
    no speeds listed for #79-Boyd, #62-Hollenbeck, #89-Shepherd.
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from's leaderboard service)
    #19-Mayfield 192.390, 3 lap
    #38-Sadler 190.933, 4 laps
    #97-Busch 190.855, 3 laps led
    Most laps run by: #40-Marlin, 19 laps; #99-Edwards 10 laps.
    If qualifying gets in, we could see a new track record as the old record is 191.149 set by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in August 2000.
    For speeds see or

  • Qualifying Order for the GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway is up. 52 drivers listed, the #79 finally has a driver listed, Stan Boyd, and the #35 had Kenny Hendrick listed in the Entry list, now has Mike Wallace..(8-20-2004)

  • Qualfying Order Links at:
    Qualifying order -

  • Rookie News and Notes

  • Michigan Entry List the entry list for the GFS Marketplace 400 is posted: 51 drivers [for 43 spots], some of the entries include: #00-Kenny Wallace, #02-Hermie Sadler, #09-Bobby Hamilton Jr., #11-J.J. Yeley, #13-Greg Sacks, #33-Kerry Earnhardt, #35-Kenny Hendrick, #51-Kevin Lepage, #75-Mike Garvey, #79-TBA [Conley Racing], #80-Carl Long, #98-Larry Gunselmen [Cope will drive]. And of course we have the driver change with #30-Jeff Burton [does that look weird] and #99-Carl Edwards.
    For the entry list, see my Michigan Entry List Page.(8-17-2004)
    UPDATE: make it 52, subtract #75-Mike Garvey, add #37-Stanton Barrett and #84-Kyle Busch.(8-18-2004)
    UPDATE 2: add another one, #62-Larry Hollenbeck.(8-19-2004)
    UPDATE 3: down to 52, #13-Greg Sacks is not on the qualfiying order or practice speeds list.(8-20-2004)

  • Entry List Links:
    Jayski's Michigan Entry List, 51 cars entered

  • 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:


  • 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)(8-15-2004)

  • Who's Hot Heading to Michigan
    Jimmie Johnson has scored 14 top-five finishes, four more than any other driver in 2004.
    Jeff Gordon has scored six top-five finishes in the last seven races. His 16 top-10 finishes are the most of any driver this season.
    Tony Stewart has scored five top-five finishes in the last six races.
    Jeremy Mayfield has scored five straight finishes of 11th or better.
    Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth have all scored three top-10 finishes a piece in the last four races.
    Kevin Harvick has scored top-10 finishes in the last two races.
    Ryan Newman has scored two victories in the last two races at Michigan.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(8-15-2004)

  • Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, June 1999, 173.997mph (no cautions)

  • August 2003 Race Winner: #12-Ryan Newman, 127.310mph, started 2nd

  • Slowest Track Race Record: Richard Petty, 107.583mph, 8/24/75

  • Event Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, August 2000, 191.149mph

  • Track Qualifying Record: Dale Earnhardt Jr, August 2000, 191.149mph

  • August 2003 Pole Sitter: #18-Bobby Labonte, 190.240, finished 37th

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 7 months, 6 days, 8/16/92

  • Youngest Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 10 months, 11 days, 6/15/2003

  • Most Laps Led: 162, Rusty Wallace, 8/2/1989 [400 mile race]

  • Most Cautions: 9 - three times, last on 6/20/04

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Most Caution Laps: 63, 8/24/75

  • Few Caution Laps: 0 - three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Tony Stewart, started 28th, 6/2000

  • Most Wins: 9 - David Pearson; Active driver: 5, Rusty Wallace

  • Most Poles: 10 - David Pearson; Current driver: 4, Bobby Labonte

  • Most Top 5s: 21 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Top 10s: 29 - Bill Elliott

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 162, Rusty Wallace, 8/20/89

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 7, Dale Jarrett, 8/18/02

  • Most Lead Changes: 65 - 8/16/81

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 7 - 8/12/84

  • Most Leaders: 15, 6/20/82

  • Fewest Leaders: 5, five times, last on 8/12/84

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 32, 8/18/02

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41, three times, last on 6/13/99

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 6/16/74

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 26 - Ford

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 14 [of 70 races] 20%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 8, 11.4%
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 8, 11.4%
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 12
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 18: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 20: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 28: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 48 of 70 - 68.6%
  • Races won from the top 10: 59 of 70 - 84.3%


  • August 20th Declared NASCAR Day in Michigan:
    Rick Johnson, the Speaker of the State House of Representatives, helped push thru House Resolution No. 299 was recently passed making Friday, August 20, "NASCAR Day" in the State of Michigan. "August 20th has been proclaimed NASCAR Day in Michigan as a way to recognize the increasing popularity of the sport and support a worthwhile cause," said Michigan House Speaker Rick Johnson. "Our state has always had a love affair with cars, and it's no surprise Michigan loves its racing, which is celebrated each summer at Michigan International Speedway and at tracks throughout the state." Fans seeking additional information, or to sign up for NASCAR Day, should visit or call 866-305-4703. Any corporation or organization interested in implementing a company-wide NASCAR Day program can still do so by calling 704-348-9640.(MIS PR)(8-18-2004)

  • Countdown To GFS Marketplace 400 - 4 Days: The GFS Marketplace 400 will be the fourth race before the start of the 2004 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and a critical race for drivers that are currently outside the top-10 in point standings. Evernham Motorsports teammates Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield, along with Dale Jarrett, Jamie McMurray and Mark Martin will look to have strong performances in the GFS Marketplace 400 to vault them into the top-10 in points. If past records hold true, the GFS Marketplace 400 should bode well for Jarrett's and Martin's chances as both drivers have four wins at MIS in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition, while the rest of the drivers outside the top-10 have no wins at MIS.
    Great seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250 on August 21. Eleven NEXTEL Cup drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.(MIS Site)(8-18-2004)

  • National Anthem at MIS: Julie Roberts, Mercury Nashville recording artist, will sing the National Anthem prior to Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400.Roberts from Lancaster, South Carolina, whose hit single "Break Down Here" is currently climbing the country music charts, recently released her debut self-titled album.(MIS PR)(8-17-2004)

  • Countdown To GFS Marketplace 400 - 5 Days: Ricky Rudd, who will be sporting a Wonder Woman paint scheme in the GFS Marketplace 400, will make his 56th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start at MIS. By starting the GFS Marketplace 400, Rudd will tie Dave Marcis for the record number of starts at MIS.
    Great seats are still available for the NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250 on August 21. Eleven NEXTEL Cup drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.(MIS Site)(8-17-2004)

  • MIS Announces 28th Straight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Sellout: Michigan International Speedway President Brett Shelton announced today that all reserved seats for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 have been sold. The only tickets remaining are for infield General Admission. With the sellout, MIS extends its streak of sold out NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races to 28 consecutive races dating back to June 1991.
    "We are certainly blessed with great fans and we would like to thank them yet again for our 28th consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup sellout," said MIS President Brett Shelton. "It speaks volumes about the passion of MIS race fans."
    Great seats are still available for Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Cabela's 250, featuring the AOL for Broadband post-race concert featuring Cledus T. Judd, as well as Friday's AAA Pole Day. Eleven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers are expected to compete, including Rusty Wallace's first Busch Series race since 1997, Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray.
    The AOL for Broadband post-race concert featuring Cledus T. Judd, Driving Sideways and The Hype will follow approximately one-hour after the completion of the Cabela's 250 in the Water Tower Lot across from the Speedway's Administration building outside turn 1 of the track.
    To purchase tickets for the Cabela's 250, log on to, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010. The MIS ticket hotline is open from 9:00A.M. * 9 P.M., seven days a week throughout the upcoming race weekend.
    For fans that are still looking for a way to see Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 in person, general Admission (infield) tickets for Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400 race go on sale Sunday morning August 22 at 6 a.m. at the M-50 crossover, and at 8 a.m. at the tunnel off of Brooklyn Highway and the box office outside of Gate 24.(MIS PR)(8-16-2004)

  • Trackside Live information: The popular Speed Channel show Trackside Live will be open for the public to attend once again on Friday night August 20. The popular weekly live racing show features hosts Steve Byrnes, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip and Jeff Hammond and will run from 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. on Friday night August 20. The Speed Channel stage will be located outside Gate 23 near Lot B behind the main grandstand of MIS.(MIS Site)(8-15-2004)

  • Ticket's getting scarce for Michigan: Only a few tickets remain for the GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on August 22. Great seats still remain for the Cabela's 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on August 21 and AAA Pole Day qualifying on August 20. As many as 11 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers are expected to compete in the Cabela's 250. Rusty Wallace's is expected to make his first Busch Series race since 1997.. To purchase tickets, log on to, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(8-4-2004)

  • SAFER being installed at MIS: Michigan International Speedway officials announced that the installation of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall system is currently under way at the two-mile oval. The project began on Monday, May 17, and is scheduled to be completed in time for the June 18-20 DHL 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race weekend at MIS. The SAFER walls will run continuously for 2,738 feet from the entrance to turn one through the exit of turn two and 2,822 feet from the entrance to turn three through the exit of turn four. Additional SAFER walls with a length of 2,424 feet will run along the inside backstretch wall, as well as a 300 ft section along the wall on the inside of turn four near the entrance of pit road. From start to finish, it will take approximately three to four weeks to install the system at MIS. Reserved seats are still available for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series DHL 400 on Father's Day, June 20, along with the June 19 ARCA RE/MAX Series Flagstar 200. For tickets and information regarding the DHL 400 weekend, log on to, or call the Michigan International Speedway Ticket Hotline at 1-800-354-1010.
    The barriers will run continuously for 2,738 feet from the entrance to turn one through the exit of turn two and 2,822 feet from the entrance to turn three through the exit of turn four. Additional barriers with a length of 2,424 feet will run along the inside backstretch wall, as well as a 300 ft section along the wall on the inside of turn four near the entrance of pit road. SAFER wall specifics at the Michigan International Speedway:
    Total length * 8,284 total feet (2738 feet through Turns One and Two, 2,822 through Turns Three & Four, Inside Turn Four 400 feet, Inside wall of backstretch 2,424 ft)
    Height * 40 ½ inches
    Tubes * 5 - 8" x 8" tubes per section.
    Sections * Each SAFER wall section is 28 feet long. Some sections are shorter at the end of the turns.
    Steel * 3/16" guage. 41,409 linear feet of steel tubing (Approximately eight miles). Weight of the steel tubing is approximately 500 tons.
    Styrofoam * 22" * 22 ¼" thick and 40 ½" high. 1,480 pieces of Styrofoam total.
    40,265 sq ft of 2" thick Styrofoam
    The SAFER walls extend 30" from the old wall.(Michigan International Speedway PR)(5-19-2004)

  • August MIS Race gets a sponsor: Gordon Food Service (GFS) Marketplace, a premier foodservice distributor with 100 retail stores in the Midwest, will sponsor the August NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, officials at both companies announced recently. Gordon Food Service sponsored the August 2003 GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event won by Ryan Newman. With over 3,000 of the most widely used foodservice items in stock, the stores are a primary supplier to many smaller operators including: restaurants, churches, day care providers, service clubs, caterers, adult foster care facilities, convenience stores and concessionaires. Marketplace stores also service the emergency needs of GFS truck delivery customers. The stores are open to the public and require no membership fee. GFS Marketplace is dedicated to providing superior customer service and restaurant quality foodservice products. For more information on the GFS Marketplace, visit their website at For more information about MIS, or to purchase tickets, visit MIS' official website at, or call the MIS ticket hotline at 1-800-354-1010.(MIS PR)(3-4-2004)

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


  • Conley Motor Sports to attempt MIS: The #79 Conley Motor Sports team will hold a press conference on Augusy 19th to announce and unveil the Amber Alert logo that will be featured on car #79 in the NASCAR-Nextel Cup GFS Marketplace 400 race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The team tested at MIS Tuesday, August 10 in which the setup and vehicle response exceeded our expectations.(Conley Motor Sports site), the site doesn't mention a driver, except for Stan [?Boyd?], and the MIS Entry List has a TBA.(8-17-2004)

  • Cope back in the #98 with AMW again at MIS AND: Mach 1, Inc. Racing as they did at the Brickyard will carry the logos of America’s Most Wanted and pictures of a missing Brother and Sister from Independence, MO Sam and Lindsey Porter age 7 and 9. The #98 team with Driver Derrick Cope has teamed up with Body Dynamics Racing and their America’s Most Wanted missing children racing effort to assist these children and children like them. Currently MACH 1 is competing without a full time sponsor and they have donated space on their car to elevate exposure for these children and offer a sponsor a unique cause marketing platform. Currently for this event portions of the car are available for sponsors that would like to associate themselves with this cause. The upper hood, lower TV Panel, and Upper C-Post are all available, and this offers such a great opportunity for sponsors or individuals that would like to get involved. If any sponsor has an interest in partnering with Mach 1, Body Dynamics/America’s Most Wanted Racing and this campaign please contact the team at for email and phone.(8-17-2004)
    AND Body Dynamics Racing, Inc. is doing some late spring cleaning and there are making available in part or whole their back inventory of sheetmetal, noses and tails. With Body Dynamics Racing’s history they have accumulated numerous pieces of sheet metal dating from 1998 to 2003. These pieces cover everything from hoods, roofs, roof flaps, deck lids, noses and tails and span from Chevy, Dodge to Ford. Some of the pieces are built and ready for use, others are skins and are ready for final fabrication. These are great items for new teams or other series teams out of NASCAR’s NBS and NCS series they are also great for NBNS teams as well. In additon, for that ultimate fan, themed restaurant, or a race car restorer or showcar builder these are great pieces as well. More info at for email and phone.
    ALSO, Cope shaved off his long time moutache, check out the picture at

  • Conley Motor Sports to attempt MIS: The #79 Conley Motor Sports team will hold a press conference on Augusy 19th to announce and unveil the Amber Alert logo that will be featured on car #79 in the NASCAR-Nextel Cup GFS Marketplace 400 race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The team tested at MIS Tuesday, August 10 in which the setup and vehicle response exceeded our expectations.(Conley Motor Sports site), the site doesn't mention a driver, except for Stan [?Boyd?], and the MIS Entry List has a TBA.(8-17-2004)

  • 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.


    Justice League Racing @ SuperStore

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Race/Date Image Link
    #5-Terry Labonte Delphi Michigan - Aug #5 Paint Scheme Page
    #6-Mark Martin Justice League - Batman Michigan - Aug #6 Paint Scheme Page
    #12-Ryan Newman Justice League Michigan - Aug #12 Paint Scheme Page
    #16-Greg Biffle Justice League - The Flash Michigan - Aug #16 Paint Scheme Page
    #18-Bobby Labonte Wellbutrin XL Michigan - Aug #20 Paint Scheme Page
    #20-Tony Stewart Olympics Michigan - Aug #20 Paint Scheme Page
    #21-Ricky Rudd Justice League - Wonder Woman Michigan - Aug #21 Paint Scheme Page
    #97-Kurt Busch Justice League - Superman Michigan - Aug #97 Paint Scheme Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Green Lanter Michigan - Aug #99 Paint Scheme Page

  • Stewart to run Olympics scheme at MIS: This year the 2004 summer Olympics will be held in Athens, Greece, the birthplace of the modern and ancient Olympic games. Excited to support the U.S. Olympic athletes, Home Depot has renewed its sponsorship of the U.S. Olympics and Paralympics Teams through 2008. For the second time on the NASCAR circuit Tony Stewart will be racing his #20 The Home Depot Chevrolet to support this legendary athletic competition. To commemorate the 2004 Athens Olympics, Stewart's special paint scheme will feature the Olympic logo and graphics at the August 22nd race in Michigan.(Sunday Hauler) and see an image on my #20 Team Paint Schemes pages.(6-18-2004)
    UPDATE: The #20 Home Depot Chevrolet of Tony Stewart will sport an Olympic paint scheme at this weekend's GFS Marketplace 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The car will feature images of athletes participating in the Olympic Job Opportunities Program (OJOP) who are currently representing the United States and Canada at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The athletes featured on the car are weightlifter Tara Cunningham, javelin thrower Erica Wheeler, Paralympic swimmer Kirby Cote, volleyball player Jeff Nygaard and track & field participants Melissa Morrison and Mark Crear. Of the current athletes on the United States, Canadian and Puerto Rican Olympic and Paralympic Teams, 71 of them are associates of The Home Depot. And through OJOP, The Home Depot allows Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls to work part time to accommodate their busy training and competition schedules while receiving full-time compensation and benefits to help offset their expenses. "It's an honor to have these athletes on our Home Depot Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan," said Stewart, winner of the series' most recent race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.). "They are the embodiment of hard work and perseverance. They've made a ton of sacrifices to get to the Olympics, and this entire race team is behind them 100 percent. While they're going for the gold in Athens, we'll be going for another checkered flag in Michigan."(Joe Gibbs Racing PR)(8-18-2004)

  • Different look for Bobby Labonte at Daytona: Wellbutrin XL, a medicine indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder in patients 18 years and older, will serve as the primary sponsor for the #18 Chevrolet that Bobby Labonte drives this weekend at Daytona. Wellbutrin XL served as primary sponsor March 28 at Bristol and April 25 at Talladega and will serve as the main sponsor at Chicagoland (July 11), Michigan (Aug. 22), California (Sept. 5), Richmond (Sept. 11) and Atlanta (Oct. 31). The car is blue and yellow, not purple as it was ay Bristol and Talladega.(JGR Site)(7-2-2004)

  • #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)

  • Justice Cars: Artisit Matthew Willis is the the designer of some of the Justice League cars, he designed the #6 Batman, #9 Batman (Busch), #16 Flash, #21 Wonder Woman, the #99 Green Lantern. Also check out some of his 3d animated renderings at

  • Justice at Michigan: Amazon Princess Teams Up with Kenseth, Newman, Busch, Martin, J. Burton, and Rudd for a Super Powered Unveiling. A special event to unveil the JUSTICE LEAGUE-themed race cars that will be driven by some of NASCAR’s brightest stars during the first-ever Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels, scheduled for August 21-22 at Michigan International Speedway. The unveiling will take place at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 23rd. The special cars feature such all-time favorites as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter, and are a partnership between DC Comics, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, ISC, Mattel, and Michigan International Speedway. Justice League Racing Weekend Presented by Hot Wheels will feature specially- themed cars in both the August 21 NASCAR Busch Series event and the August 22 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. #17-Matt Kenseth (Martian Manhunter), #9-Mark Martin (Batman), and #60-Greg Biffle (The Flash) will compete in the NASCAR Busch Series race, while #6-Martin (Batman), #16-Biffle (The Flash), #97-Kurt Busch (Superman), #21-Ricky Rudd (Wonder Woman), #99-Jeff Burton (Green Lantern) and #12-Ryan Newman (Justice League) will be running in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event.(PR)(4-20-2004)

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


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