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THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO

THE RACE: Samsung/RadioShack 500

Nextel Cup Race #7 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race

Tour Packages by Premiere Sports Travel:
Texas Motor Speedway

  • Race: Sunday, April 4, 2004 in Fort Worth, TX

  • TV: FOX - 1:00pm/et

  • Pre-Race Show: Fox - 12:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
    Wednesday, April 7th [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
    Thursday, April 8th [Full race] at 3:00pm/et;
    Friday, Arpil 9th [Fast Forward] at 2:00am/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: $6,767,841 (was $6,047,759 in 2003)

  • 2003 Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 134.517mph, started 3rd

  • Track Race Record: Terry Labonte, March 1999, 144.276mph

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: 7 tied with 1

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: 6 tied with 1

  • Most Top 5s: 3 - Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett

  • Most Top 10s: 5 - Terry Labonte [5 starts]

  • Slowest Race Record: Jeff Burton, 1997, 125.102mph

  • Oldest Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 4 months, 6 days, 4/1/01

  • Youngest Winner: Ryan Newman, 25 years, 3 months, 22 days, 3/30/03

  • Most Cautions: 12 - 4/2/00

  • Fewest Cautions: 7 - twice, most recently 4/8/02

  • Most Caution Laps: 73, 4/6/97

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 39, 3/29/99

  • Most Running at the Finish: 38 - 4/8/02

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 29 - twice, most recently 4/5/98

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Matt Kenseth, 2000, started 31st

  • Most Lead Changes: 29 - 4/2/00

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 18 - 4/0/01

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 4 - Ford

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 37 [of 334] - Mark Martin 4/5/98

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 124 [of 334] - Terry Labonte, 3/28/99

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 0 [of 7] 0%

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 0 [of 7]

  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2 [of 7]

  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2 [of 7]

  • Races won from starting pos 5: 1 [of 7]

  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1 [of 7]

  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1 [of 7]

  • Races won from the top 5: 5 of 7 - 71%

  • Races won from the top 10: 6 of 7 - 86%


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practice: Friday, April 2nd, 12:20 - 2:20pm/et; Saturday, April 3rd, 10:30 - 11:15am/et.

  • Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, April 3rd, 12:10 - 12:55pm/et on TV-FX tape delay at 1:00pm/et.


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, April 2nd, 11:20am/et

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

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, April 2nd at 4:00pm/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 10:00pm.

  • 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: Bill Elliott, 194.224mph, April 2002

  • 2003's Pole Sitter: Bobby Labonte, 193.514mph, finished 37th.


  • Track Specs:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees;
    Straights: Frontstraight - 2250 feet; Backstraight - 1330 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 154,861
    Track/Race Length: 1.5-mile quad oval, 334 laps, 501 miles
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph

  • Track Homepage: Texas Motor Speedway

  • Last Year: see my 2003 Texas - Race Info Page.


    Pole Winners at Texas

    2003 Bobby Labonte, #18 Chevy, 193.514, finished 37th
    2002 Bill Elliott, #9 Dodge, 194.224, finished 9th
    2001 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 190.678mph, finished 8th
    2000 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 192.137mph, finished 8th
    1999 Kenny Irwin Jr, #28 Ford, 190.154mph, finished 15th
    1998 Jeremy Mayfield, #12 Ford, 185.906mph, finished 23rd
    1997 none, rained out


    Race Winners at Texas

    2003 Ryan Newman, #12-Dodge, 131.517, started 3rd
    2002 Matt Kenseth, #17 Ford, 142.453, started 31st
    2001 Dale Jarrett, #88 Ford, 141.804mph, started 3rd
    2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, #8 Chevy, 131.152mph, started 4th
    1999 Terry Labonte, #5 Chevy, 144.276mph, started 4th
    1998 Mark Martin, #6 Ford, 136.771mph, started 7th
    1997 Jeff Burton, #99 Ford, 125.111mph, started 5th


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires Required:
    Nextel Cup: Left - 1,300, Right - 1,300;
    Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550;
    IROC: Left - 135, Right - 135

    Tire Codes: Left - D-6818; Right - D-6820

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

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front - 30 psi; Left Rear - 30 psi;
    Right Front - 50 psi; Right Rear - 47 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front - 25 psi; Left Rear - 25 psi;
    Right Front - 48 psi; Right Rear - 44 psi

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

    Notes: Both the Nextel Cup and Busch Series teams will run on the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the first time this specific combination of left- and right-side tires will be run at Texas . . .the previous combination had been run at the track since 2002 . . . this is the only track on which major NASCAR teams are scheduled to run this tire set-up in 2004, meaning the Truck Series will run these codes here on June 11 and October 16 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals longer than one mile, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Texas . . . 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: "Goodyear's tire set-up for Texas was first introduced at the 2003 season finale at Homestead. As far as how this combination compares to what we've brought to Texas in the past, this is the same compound as last year with a new, more compliant construction."


RACE BONUS INFO

  • The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $40,000 at Texas Motor Speedway for leading the points and winning the race (Matt Kenseth last won the award, $30,000 at Las Vegas on March 7, 2004). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(3-30-2004)

  • MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark. 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. Tony Stewart claimed the biggest MBNA Mid-Race Leader payout when he took home $85,000 ($10,000 for the award, $75,000 for the race-win bonus) by winning last year’s UAW-GM Quality 500 after leading the race at the halfway point.
    Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Texas is: $20,000
    Winners for 2004 so far:
    Daytona:
    Rockingham:
    Las Vegas:
    Atlanta:
    Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
    Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
    (* won race and bonus)(3-30-2004)


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


IN-CAR AUDIO SITES

none listed


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Elliott Sadler wins at Texas: #38-Elliott Sadler won the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, his first win since Bristol in March 2001, 108 races ago. It is the first ever points win for sponsor M&M's and the first win for Sadler at Robert Yates Racing [not counting the Twin 125 win]. #9-Kasey Kahne had another close call and ended up 2nd, just inches from winning the race. The rest of the top five were #24-Gordon, #8-Earnhardt Jr., and #2-Wallace. #17-Kenseth was the points leader going into the race at Texas and had some troubles and ended up 16th, losing the points lead to #97-Kurt Busch.
    For race results, see:
    Jayski's Texas Race Results page

    MotorsportsOne or
    NASCAR.com(4-4-2004)



  • TOP FIVE [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after Texas:
    #97-Busch, 1032
    #17-Kenseth, 1013, -19
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 997, -35
    #20-Stewart, 946, -88
    #38-Sadler, 942, -90
    For full standings, see:
    Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points after Texas
    or
    NASCAR.com - official standings.(4-4-2004)

  • The Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:
    The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
    after 334 of 334 laps:

    car#, driver, starting spot
    #38-Sadler (19)(48 laps led)
    #9-Kahne (3)(148 laps led)
    #24-Gordon (9)(47 laps led)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (7)(4 laps led)
    #2-Wallace (10)(2 laps led)

    #97-Busch (12)(1 lap led)
    #41-Mears (6)
    #20-Stewart (17)
    #48-Johnson (8)
    #42-McMurray (21)

  • Cars on the lead lap: 11 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (12):
    #98-Bodine (engine-out)
    #72-Shelmerdine (too slow-out)
    #5-Labonte (engine-out)
    #09-Benson (?-out)
    #12-Newman (accident-off)
    #50-Cope (engine-out)
    #77-Gaughan (engine-out)
    #91-Elliott (accident-out)
    #19-Mayfield (accident-out)
    #43-Green (engine-out)
    #16-Biffle (?-out)
    #22-Wimmer (accident-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 with 24 lead changes):
    #91-Elliott (26 laps led);
    #01-Nemechek (33);
    #45-Petty (1);
    #2-Wallace (2);
    #40-Marlin (18);
    #9-Kahne (148 led halfway and the most);
    #38-Sadler (48 - WON);
    #8-Earnhardt Jr.(4);
    #30-Sauter (1);
    #97-Busch (1);
    #24-Gordon (47);
    #18-Labonte (5);

    Cautions: 7 for 45 laps

    Caution 7 - Laps 295 - 301: #43-Green lost an engine.
    Caution 6 - Laps 285 - 291: On the restart after the 5th caution, #25-Vickers took off and nailed #22-Wimmer in the rear, who spun around infront of #19-Mayfield, whose nose got pushed in quite a bit. Vicker drove on, Wimmer has a lot of damage to the right ride of the car.
    Caution 5 - Laps 276 - 283: #91-Elliott had a right rear tire go down, couldn't get down to pit and it finally let go, causing him to spin and wack the wall.
    Caution 4 - Laps 267 - 271: #0-Burton and #16-Biffle got together. a lot of damage to the right side of the #0.
    Caution 3 - Laps 197 - 204: #12-Newman had a right front tire go down, went up the track and smacked the wall hard with the right side of the car in turn 3-4. then came accross the track and hit the inside retaining wall, breaking some of the suspension.
    Caution 2 - Laps 119 - 125: Debris in turn 3.
    Caution 1 - Laps 18 - 22: #24-Gordon got into #41-Mears, took some of the rear bumper cover came off, debris on the backstretch.

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Texas - The Lucky Dog Pack?: (and their finish)
    Caution 7: #48-Johnson, 9th
    Caution 6: #42-McMurray, 10th
    Caution 5: #20-Stewart, 8th
    Caution 4: #9-Kahne, 2nd
    Caution 3: #19-Mayfield, 34th
    Caution 2: #77-Gaughan, 38th
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap down [that are on the track]
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

    RACE NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- whatever was wrong with Gordon is ok now, may had been electrical.
    ---- on lap 308, while leading, #24-Gordon slowed and called in to his crew that the engine may be going bad.
    ---- #29-Harvick had passed the leader before the yellow came on for the 7th caution and got one of his two laps back.
    ---- during his pitstop on lap 262, #48-Johnson's team left a tire outside the box and had to serve a pass-thru stop.
    ---- leaders started pitting under green in the 170-178 range.
    ---- on lap 222, #18-Labonte came onto pitroad to have the battery changed. #42-McMurray had a battery go down, but Ganassi Racing has two batteries in each of their cars, so McMurray hit a switch and drove on. Labonte lost 4 laps.
    ---- after leading following the 3rd caution, #18-Labonte had a battery go bad and fell back to the end of the lead lap.
    ---- during the caution 3 pit stops, #41-Mears, running 10th at that time, sped down pit road and had to come in for a stop and go, so they put 4 tires on the car after taking only gas the first time.
    ---- lap 191, #22-Wimmer was penalized for his team pitting outside the box.
    ---- green flag pit stops, laps 178-187 range.
    ---- #17-Kenseth brushed the turn 2 wall on lap 136, but drove on ok.
    ---- #40-Marlin smacked the turn 2 wall on lap 129, but drove on and had to bring the car into the pits.
    ---- #17-Kenseth spent much time in the pits during the 2nd caution, getting repairs.
    ---- The #5 Chevy is in the garage with the vrew under the hood as of lap 122.
    ---- fuel spill in the #12-Newman pit after he left, no one hurt and the fire was quicly extinguished.
    ---- #50-Cope went into the pits 10th, had a long pit stop, the catch can man was outside the box and Cope was penalized and fell two laps down.
    ---- on lap 84 after pitting, #4-Spencer was penalized for speeding down pit road and had to come in for a stop-and-go.
    ---- green flag pitstops arr occurring in the lap 78-86 range.
    ---- after 1st caution pit stops, #17-Kenseth is running tight and lost a ton of positions.
    ---- on lap 31, #49-Schrader shot up the track in a corner, but was able to recover and didn't hit the wall, lost some spots.
    ---- NASCAR warned #72-Shelmerdine to pick up the pace on lap 5.
    ---- to the back: #19-Mayfield, #0-Burton, #98-Bodine - engine changes.

  • Where did the top 10 starters finish at Texas?
    #18-Labonte, 25th
    #91-Elliott, 36th, accident
    #9-Kahne, 2nd
    #16-Biffle, 31st, out ?
    #01-Nemechek, 14th
    #41-Mears, 7th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 4th
    #48-Johnson, 9th
    #24-Gordon, 3rd
    #2-Wallace, 5th

  • Where did the drivers who changed engines finish at Texas?
    #19-Mayfield [was to start 21st], finished 34th
    #0-Burton [27th], finished 32nd
    #98-Bodine [36th], finished 43rd

  • Happy Hour practice is over for the for Samsung RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway:
    The fastest so far:
    #19-Mayfield, 186.483 [new engine working nice]
    #23-Blaney, 186.188 [should be full time]
    #38-Sadler, 185.414 [QB in pits helping out]
    #16-Biffle, 185.287
    #9-Kahne, 185.052 [doing well is the best revenge]
    slowest: #98-Bodine 169.833 and #72-Shelmerdine 170.020
    Most Laps Run: #19-Mayfield with 40.
    For all the speeds, see or NASCAR.com - practice 2.(4-3-2004)

  • To the Back: #19-Jermey Mayfield's team had to change engines after Friday's practice, #0-Ward Burton's team changed engines after Saturday's first practice, and #98-Todd Bodine lost an engine during Happy Hour practice. So they will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race Sunday. #48-Jimmie Johnson spun on the frontstretch thru the grass in Saturday's first practice, no major damage to the car.(4-3-2004)

  • First Saturday Practice is over for Samsung RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
    The fastest were:
    #91-Elliott, 187.767 [hard to believe, no sponsor, if I had a few $100G's I'd do it]
    #16-Biffle, 187.136
    #41-Mears, 186.690 [who says green cars don't go fast]
    #38-Salder, 186.548
    #9-Kahne, 186.374 [doing well is the best revenge]
    Slowest are: #32-Craven 179.940 and #4-Spencer 182.964
    Not speeds/not practiced: #98-Bodine.
    Most Laps Run: #12-Newman with 42.
    For all the speeds, see or NASCAR.com - practice 2.(4-3-2004)

  • Dirt Track Star Lasoski Captures Crown Royal IROC Win, see my 2004 IROC Page for story, results, standings.(4-3-2004)

  • Texas Qualifying Notes: This is #18-Bobby Labonte's 26th career Bud Pole in 373 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came at Michigan on Aug. 15, 2003 - 20 races ago.
    * It is Labonte's second Bud Pole and his fifth top-10 start in eight races at Texas. All of his top-10 starts have also been top-fives.
    * There have been six different Bud Pole winners at Texas. Labonte (two) is the only repeat Bud Pole winner at the Texas track. Qualifying for the inaugural Texas Motor Speedway race was rained out with the field being set in accordance with the NASCAR Rule Book. Dale Jarrett started the race from the pole based on his lead in the point standings entering that race.
    * Bill Elliott had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 27.874 seconds at 193.729 mph and will join Labonte on the front row. It is his fourth top-10 start in his eight races at Texas.
    * This is first Bud Pole for Chevrolet in 2004. Dodge has six Bud Poles and Ford has one.
    * Kasey Kahne (third) posted his fifth top-10 start in 2004. It is his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Texas.
    * Greg Biffle (fourth) posted his sixth top-10 start in 2004, more than any other driver. It is his first top-10 start in two races at Texas.
    * Joe Nemechek (fifth) posted his first top-10 start in 2004 and his third in seven races at Texas.
    * Mark Martin was the only driver to start the first six NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Texas from a top-10 starting position. Martin qualified 32nd here in 2003 and 28th Friday.
    * Six of the seven NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Texas have been won from a starting position of seventh or better. Matt Kenseth started 31st in route to his victory in the 2002 Samsung/Radio Shack 500, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Texas.
    * There have been seven different race winners at Texas.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(4-3-2004)

  • StockCarFans.com - Ramblings - Texas: It was the home boy today (I know Ft. Worth ain't nowhere near Corpus Christi....but it's the closest we get and it's in the same state!) at Texas Motor Speedway as Bobby Labonte grabbed his first Bud Pole of the season for Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500. Bobby's time of 27.849 (193.903 mph) was good enough to bump Bill Elliott and was career top-spot #26 for the Texas native. This is his first pole since he grabbed the one at Michigan last August.
    For Elliott (making only his second appearance of the year), this will be his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Fontana last April.
    Joe Nemechek (5th) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Richmond last May.
    Casey Mears (6th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 4th at Chicagoland last July.
    Robby Gordon (18th) had his best qualifying effort since he started 17th at Rockingham last November.
    STREAKIN...Greg Biffle has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
    Kasey Kahne has 5 Top-5 starts in the last 6 races.
    Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.(StockCarFans.Com Nextel Cup Newsletter)(4-3-2004)

  • Bobby Labonte wins pole at Texas: #18-Bobby Labonte won the Budweiser pole for the Samsung RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 193.903mph. Labonte is the first driver to win more then one career pole at Texas and it is his 2nd pole in a row at Texas. Track qualifying record holder, #91-Bill Elliott, will start 2nd with a speed of 193.729, rest of the top five are #9-Kasey Kahne, #16-Greg Biffle and #01-Joe Nemechek. Missing the race were: #02-Belmont, #89-Shepherd, #84-Kyle Busch and #80-Hillenburg. Drivers using provisionals were: #49-Schrader, #32-Craven, #15-Waltrip, #4-Spencer and #72-Shelmerdine [now out of provisionals...I think].
    Qualifying results/starting lineups at:
    Jayski's Unofficial Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results

    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com.(4-2-2004)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #02-Belmont wrecked during his first lap, backing into the wall, he is out out of provisionals, car is badly damaged.
    #19-Mayfield's team had to change engines after Friday's practice, so he will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race Sunday, he qualified for pit choice.(4-2-2004)

  • Pole Progression at Texas: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #20-Tony Stewart, 1st out to qualify, 191.673mph, starts 17th
    #91-Bill Elliott, 2nd out, 193.521, starts 2nd
    #18-Bobby Labonte, 27th out, 193.903, starts 1st
    (4-2-2004)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #9-Kasey Kahne, 193.673, starts 3
    #10-Scott Riggs, 190.840, starts 24
    #22-Scott Wimmer, 189.994, starts 32
    #25-Brian Vickers, 192.349, starts 13
    #30-Johnny Sauter, 188.996, starts 37
    #77-Brendan Gaughan, 191.836, starts 16
    (4-2-2004)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #02-Belmont wrecked during his first lap, backing into the wall, he is out out of provisionals, car is badly damaged.
    #19-Mayfield's team had to change engines after Friday's practice, so he will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race Sunday, he is qualiying for pit choice.(4-2-2004)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #18-Bobby Labonte, 193.903, starts 1
    Dodge: #91-Bill Elliott, 193.729, starts 2
    Ford: #16-Greg Biffle, 193.195, starts 4
    Pontiac: #02-Andy Belmont, 0.000, starts DNQ
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(4-2-2004)

  • Some TMS Notes:
    * Roush Racing has placed at least one car in the top 10 in each of the seven races held at TMS.
    * In his first 4 TMS races, Jeff Gordon had a best finish of 25th. In his last 3 races, Gordon has recorded top 5 finishes.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr has recorded top 10 finishes in 3 of his 4 TMS races.
    * Terry Labonte's worst finish at TMS is 16th. Labonte has recorded 5 top 10 finishes in 7 races. Labonte has also completed 2,337 of the 2,338 laps run at TMS.
    * The 7 TMS races have produced 7 different winners (Jeff Burton-1997, Mark Martin-1998, Terry Labonte-1999, Dale Earnhadrt Jr-2000, Dale Jarrett-2001, Matt Kenseth-2002, Ryan Newman-2003).
    * Kyle Petty had failed to qualify in 3 of his 6 attempts at TMS.
    * The last time Ken Schrader recorded a top 10 finish at a 1 1/2 mile track was at TMS in 2001.
    * Tony Stewart has posted 19 top 10 finishes in his last 21 races on 1 1/2 mile tracks.(ERaceFan.com)(4-2-2004)

  • Friday Practice is over for the Samsung RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the fastest were:
    #41-Mears, 192.301
    #16-Biffle, 192.226
    #48-Johnson. 192.137
    #9-Kahne, 191.939
    #8-Earnhardt Jr., 191.904
    Slowest were #72-Shelmerdine at 174.121 and #02-Belmont at 176.350 [out of provisionals].
    #84-Kyle Busch wrecked towards the end of practice, backing into the wall, the team is going to a backup car for qualifying.
    For full speeds, see ThatsRacin.com - Friday Practice or NASCAR.com - practice 1.(4-2-2004)

  • Qualifying Order links are up. Down to 47 cars, no #94-Stanton Barrett, guess he withdrew. First driver scheduled to qualify is #20-Tony Stewart. Last scheduled out is #21-Ricky Rudd. See above for the links.(4-2-2004)

  • Entry List Links:
    Entry List Links, 48 cars entered - Entry List

    NASCAR.com

  • 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

  • Texas Pre-Race to be Patriotic: The most spectacular patriotic salutes in the history of Texas Motor Speedway will highlight three days of pre-race celebrations for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 race week events. The pre-race ceremonies for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race on Sunday will include flyovers from three branches of the armed forces. Fans will also witness the famed U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, the 82nd Airborne "All American" Chorus in concert and "The Flag Story" featuring more than 100 soldiers from The 3rd U.S. Infantry dressed in period uniforms and in ceremonial dress blues carrying 50 state and six territorial flags.
    Saturday's pre-race ceremonies for the O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Busch Series race will include Gordon R. England, Secretary of the Navy, the Golden Knights parachute team and a pair of fly-bys. Friday's ceremonies prior to Bud Pole Qualifying on O'Reilly Qualifying Day will include a fly-by and the U.S. Army Color Guard.
    Fans in attendance at the largest sports events in Texas will witness flyovers by four FA-18 Hornet aircraft of the VFA 201 Hunters based at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth, a quartet of T-38 planes based out of Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls [Jayski was stationed there in 1982] and four AH-64 Apache helicopters from the 1-149th Aviation Regiment from Houston.
    The 82nd Airborne Division "All American" Chorus from Fort Bragg, N.C. will perform a 30-minute set at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on the pre-race stage that will include patriotic, military and popular music. The Chorus will also perform "Deep In the Heart of Texas" and will accompany Kellie Coffey singing the National Anthem. England's visit to "The Great American Speedway" will include a pit visit with Casey Atwood, driver of the Navy Chevrolet Busch Series team, on Saturday.
    Military participation in pre-race ceremonies include:
    FRIDAY, APRIL 2 - O'REILLY QUALIFYING DAY
    U.S. Army Color Guard, Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, TX
    U.S. Air Force T-38s flyover, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, TX
    SATURDAY, APRIL 3 - O'REILLY 300
    U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute jump team, Fort Bragg, NC
    Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England
    U.S. Army Apache helicopters flyover, 1-149th Aviation Regiment, Houston, TX
    U.S. Army Color Guard, 504th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Hood, TX
    U.S. Navy FA-18 Hornets flyover, VFA 201 Hunters, Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, TX
    SUNDAY, APRIL 4 - SAMSUNG/RADIOSHACK 500
    U.S. Army "All American" Chorus, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC
    "The Flag Story," U.S. Army Military District of Washington, Fort Myer, VA
    U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute jump team, Fort Bragg, NC
    U.S. Army Apache helicopters flyover, 1-149th Aviation Regiment, Houston, TX
    U.S. Air Force T-38s flyover, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, TX
    U.S. Navy FA-18 Hornets flyover, VFA 201 Hunters, Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, TX.(TMS PR)(4-1-2004)

  • 'The Rock' the Texas Grand Marshall: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has solidified his position as both a World Wrestling Entertainment champ and one of Hollywood's leading men. He's now preparing for a part he's never played - that of Grand Marshal for the April 4 Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. As Grand Marshal, Johnson will get to say some of the most famous words in auto racing -- "Gentlemen, start your engines." Born in San Francisco and raised in Hawaii, Johnson became a third-generation professional wrestler, following the WWE careers of his father, Rocky Johnson, and his grandfather, Samoan High Chief Peter Maivia. Johnson shined as a high school All-American and as a star defensive lineman for the University of Miami Hurricanes. He had a brief career in the Canadian Football league and after a shoulder injury turned to the world of wrestling. "The People's Champion" has gone on to set a record as the six-time World Wrestling Entertainment Champion. Johnson will next be seen starring in the MGM remake of WALKING TALL which co-stars Johnny Knoxville and Neal McDonough. He will play the role of sheriff 'Chris Vaughn' who comes back to his hometown after serving in the Army, only to find it corrupted. This version, inspired by the original 'Buford Pusser' story, is about one man's fight to stand up to injustice and save both his family and town that he loves so dearly. WALKING TALL hits theaters April 2.(TMS PR)(3-30-2004)

  • Texas size purse for Texas race: More than $8 million will be up for grabs during the four days of racing April 1-4 at Texas Motor Speedway. The Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race on Sunday, April 4, will offer a purse of $6,767,841, an increase of $720,082 from 2003. The winner is likely to receive more than a half-million dollars. The O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, April 3, is offering $1,343,933, an increase of $59,441 from last year. "Texas Motor Speedway hosts two of the largest events in NASCAR with our Busch and Nextel Cup races each and every year," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "The drivers in both series realize this is one of the premier events each year, and that has been demonstrated by how many drivers are testing here this month. They also recognize that the Samsung/RadioShack 500 purse is the third-largest of the NASCAR season." The inaugural Cup Series race at Texas in 1997, offered a purse of $3,802,255 and has continued to grow steadily. The NASCAR Busch Series event, which offered $783,150 in prize money back in 1997, has also consistently provided one of the biggest series paydays of the year.For ticket information for all events at Texas Motor Speedway, contact the ticket hotline at (817) 215-8500 or go online to www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS PR)(3-30-2004)

  • Texas Gov to wave green flag: Texas Governor Rick Perry will serve as honorary starter for the April 4 Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Perry will climb into the starter stand above the frontstretch to wave the green flag, officially signaling the start of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. Perry's predecessor, President George W. Bush, also served as honorary starter for the race back in 1999. "We are happy to have Governor Perry be part of the Samsung/RadioShack 500," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "It's only fitting that the Governor of Texas be part of the largest single-day sporting event in the state."(TMS PR)(3-30-2004)

  • National Anthem at Texas: Kellie Coffey, the Academy of Country Music's reigning Top New Female Vocalist, will perform the National Anthem for the Samsung/RadioShack 500. Most recently, Coffey, of Moore, Oklahoma, a small town just outside of Oklahoma City, has been on the road with country music superstars Kenny Chesney and George Strait. Her debut album, "When You Lie Next to Me," entered Billboard's Top Country Album Chart at number five. The BNA Records Nashville recording artist will also perform for race fans at 6 p.m. Saturday evening in downtown Fort Worth at the annual Chevy Thunder Days in Sundance Square.(TMS PR)(3-30-2004)

  • 2nd Texas Race for All-Star Race Trade? Bruton Smith is reported to be on the verge of getting NASCAR to agree to grant him a long-awaited second Nextel Cup date at Texas Motor Speedway, through the purchase of North Carolina Speedway, according to sources. But then it gets complicated, according to those sources. In turn NASCAR wants Smith to let Richmond International Raceway take the May all-star race from Smith's Lowe's Motor Speedway. For that, Smith wants a second Cup date for his Las Vegas track. If all that happens, Darlington Raceway could lose one of its two Cup races. Smith has considerable support at the moment, from teams and sponsors and TV networks, for his Las Vegas pitch.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-26-2004)

  • Darlington AND Rockingham to lose races? Alternating ONE racedate? Texas and Vegas get the dates? UPDATE 2 Darlington expects to get two dates in 2005:
    Settlement negotiations in a lawsuit over a second Nextel Cup date for Texas Motor Speedway have potentially major ramifications for two tracks in the Carolinas, The Observer has learned. A source close to talks in a suit against NASCAR by two Speedway Motorsports Inc. [SMI] shareholders said Monday a settlement could result in International Speedway Corp. selling both North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham and Darlington Raceway to SMI. If such a deal were made, two of three remaining Cup dates from Rockingham and Darlington would move – one to Texas Motor Speedway and the other to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, giving those SMI-owned tracks two dates each per season. The other date would alternate between Rockingham and Darlington, with the Nextel Cup, Busch and Truck series racing at Rockingham one year then at Darlington the next [so much for lights and SAFER]. "I am aware of the (settlement) talks," SMI chairman Bruton Smith said Monday. "I think that they have been going on for about two months, and they're further down the road than they ever have been. But there will have to be a written agreement among all of the attorneys before there's any done deal." Smith said that in his mind any settlement of the suit would have to include a second Cup date for Texas. "That's certainly the key to it, that's why it was filed," he said.(more at ), see past news about this on my lawsuit page.(3-23-2004)
    UPDATE: After attracting the largest crowd in the 45-year history of Darlington Raceway's spring Nextel Cup event, track officials are feeling good about their chances of keeping two races for 2005. How good? "I feel confident we'll host two races next year. Frankly, I can't see it any other way," raceway president Andrew Gurtis said Tuesday. "As the promoter at Darlington Raceway, look at the last two races we've had here. We've had a sellout for the Mountain Dew Southern 500, and a record crowd for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400. We have two strong sponsors on our Cup races, and great racing. Things are just stacking up." But sources have indicated to The Post and Courier that the millions of dollars ISC has spent to add the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barrier and a lighting system at Darlington guarantee that the Pee Dee track will have at least one annual event on the Nextel Cup schedule.(Chareslton Post and Courier)
    BUT Could a settlement be imminent in the battle to bring a second Nextel Cup race to Texas Motor Speedway? According to several media outlets, yes. But spokesmen for the opposing camps said they are simply following court orders in a mediation process. According to The Associated Press, Samuel Cherry, the attorney for a TMS shareholder who sued NASCAR over its refusal to award a second event, said Tuesday that progress is being made in settlement talks. Cherry said the plaintiffs and NASCAR have agreed not to discuss specifics of the 2-year-old suit. Spokespersons from both racing entities contend that no settlement is about to materialize. "(The suit) is based on the false presumption that NASCAR promised Texas Motor Speedway a second date, which NASCAR did not," NASCAR vice president of communications Jim Hunter said. "No settlement has been reached, to my knowledge." Lauri Wilks, Hunter's counterpart at SMI didn't know anything more. "Not as far as I know," Wilks said. "I don't have an official word of anything." Apparently, there is no agreement -- at least not in written form -- on the table. "Obviously, as everyone knows, it's in the best interest of the sport to put this thing behind us," Hunter said. "We're not at liberty to discuss any of the particulars. There is no timeline. In the meantime, we've got to get on with the business of running the races."(in part from the Daytona Beach News Journal/AP)(3-24-2004)

  • SAFER to be installed at Texas this summer: Texas Motor Speedway will install the new Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers this summer in an effort to improve driver safety. "This is step in the right direction where safety is concerned," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "The safety of both our drivers and fans is always our number one priority and we will take every possible precaution to ensure that. "We are currently wrapping up a $400,000 upgrade to our crash fence. We have reinforced the existing fence on the outside crash wall and have constructed a new 10-foot fence on top of the inner crash wall." The speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. has placed Wes Harris, SMI vice president of development, in charge of the project. Exact dates for the installation have yet to be determined. The steel tube and foam SAFER barrier was developed by the University of Nebraska, the Indy Racing League and NASCAR. John Rohde, associate professor of civil engineering for the University of Nebraska, met with speedway officials in late January to do a site survey. "The meeting went quite well," said Gossage. "We are all on the same page here. We want to do all we can to improve safety in an inherently dangerous sport."(TMS PR)(3-23-2004)

  • Texas Tire Monster II - The Sequel: It's back!!! The newest sleekest version of the Texas Tire Monster is about to be unveiled for the 2004 season at Texas Motor Speedway. Rising out of a creative idea, sketches and drawings on paper, and some remarkable ingenuity, Texas Tire Monster II is about to lay some rubber on the 1.5-mile super speedway in preparation for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 weekend, April 1-4. The original Monster was the brainchild of speedway president and general manager Eddie Gossage, who wanted to find a way to work rubber into the speedway asphalt and drew a rough sketch of a trailer with multiple tires on it.
    "The Texas Tire Monster is another example of the tremendous talent and creativity we have here at Texas Motor Speedway," Gossage said. "There really seems to be nothing our Operations crew can't do. A lot of time and effort was put into building the original Tire Monster and the new and improved version as well. It is a tremendous asset to have this piece of equipment in making our track race ready."
    In the speedway operations department, David Cantwell and Tim Altom took the crude renderings and came up with a design, which they developed into reality last year. Cantwell and co-worker David Wilson went to work building the Monster from scrap metal, pieces of old trailers, a little of this, and a little of that. The device hit the road prior to the Samsung/RadioShack 500 last year, laying down rubber on the speedway. But, like all research and development, there was a better way to be found. "We had to find a way to make the tires have better wear, make the Monster transportable, and create a separate transport axle," Cantwell said. "Now, all 12 wheels are on independent suspensions with the exact same weight on each tire. Each tire has 6 ½ degree toe in and out, and we can adjust each one individually. That has made the biggest difference in getting better wear on the tires." Texas Tire Monster II consists of 12 Goodyear Eagle tires as well as the separate transport axle and weighs 5,500 pounds. The new version of the Monster is longer and more narrow and features, as is tradition in motorsports, a rear hood for decal display. Building the original Tire Monster and the sequel has been a task of ingenuity and determination for Cantwell and Wilson. "The whole project has been one of creativity," Cantwell said. "We had to design and make all the working parts, including the pivots for the shocks, the tire arms, and we even made an upright band saw out of hand tools so we could work on the sheet metal." Texas Tire Monster II will be rolling out on the speedway surface soon to begin logging some miles and working some fresh rubber into the grooves. But Cantwell is already thinking about what is next. "I have an idea of how the third generation and even fourth generation Tire Monster should look and what we need on it."
    With just the final touches to be added, Texas Tire Monster II has work to do getting the asphalt ready for Texas Motor Speedway's biggest weekend of the year. The NASCAR Busch Series O'Reilly 300 is Saturday, April 3, followed by the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Samsung/RadioShack 500 on Sunday, April 4. In addition, the Texas Motor Speedway will host the Crown Royal IROC Series on Friday night, April 2. For ticket information, contact the speedway ticket hotline at 817-215-8500 or go online to www.texasmotorspeedway.com(TMS PR)(2-27-2004)

  • 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)

  • Gossage Promoted: Speedway Motorsports announced on Thursday that Eddie Gossage has been promoted to president at Texas Motor Speedway. Gossage has served as the executive vice president and general manager of the track since 1995. "Eddie has done an outstanding job bringing Texas Motor Speedway from nothing more than an idea to one of the top sports facilities in the world," said O. Bruton Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports. "There is a big difference between a race organizer and a race promoter. Eddie is a true promoter who understands the urgency and effort required to be successful." Before moving to Texas, Gossage served as vice president of public relations at Lowe's Motor Speedway from 1989 to 1995. He previously worked at Miller Brewing Company in its motorsports public relations program and served in various public relations and managerial capacities at two other NASCAR-sanctioned speedways. "It has been an honor to lead Texas Motor Speedway since the very beginning," said Gossage. "Bruton Smith and the board of directors have allowed us to assemble a tremendous staff and we have worked hard to earn the support of the race fans, drivers, teams, sponsors and sanctioning bodies. The leadership, counsel and friendship with Bruton Smith makes this promotion even more meaningful."()(2-19-2004)

  • 2nd Texas Date Close? NASCAR's Brian France appears closer to granting a second Cup date to Bruton Smith's Texas track, according to sources. But the anti-trust part of the lawsuit against NASCAR may be a major stumbling block in any settlement. And the high-dollar attorneys involved on both sides may have backed both NASCAR and the man who launched the suit, stockholder Francis Ferko, into a corner where any settlement may not be as easy as simply giving Texas that second race weekend. Attorneys' fees have become a major issue, particularly for NASCAR. According to one unconfirmed source, NASCAR may spend well over $100 million defending itself. It is unclear if the Ferko side is working for payment contingency on a settlement. Two months ago it appeared a settlement was beginning to take form, possibly in the shape of a sale of North Carolina Speedway at Rockingham by the France family to Smith's Speedway Motorsports, with the understanding that Cup date could be moved to the Fort Worth track in 2005. Now it appears all those attorneys may not be willing to fade quietly into the night.(Winston Salem Journal)(2-13-2004)

  • SAFER at Texas soon? Officials from the University of Nebraska will be in town this week to take the first steps in fitting Texas Motor Speedway with soft walls. While all Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI) facilities are scheduled to have soft walls installed before the 2005 season, there is no specific date when the fans at TMS can expect to see them.(Sheveport Times)(1-29-2004)

  • Get on the Bus at Texas: The Fort Worth Transportation Authority and Texas Motor Speedway announced new bus service for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 weekend in 2004. The new "Victory Lane Express" will be available to fans for the O'Reilly 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, April 3, 2004 and the Samsung/RadioShack 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, April 4, 2004. Fans will park at a remote location and ride the Victory Lane Express busses to the speedway. All Victory Lane Express passengers will be dropped off and picked up in the speedway's bus parking area located just off SH 114 and Allison Ave on the south side of the speedway. The remote pick up location and cost of the service is yet to be determined. For more information, call the Track at (817) 215-8600.(TMS PR)(11-18-2003)

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


DRIVER/TEAM NEWS

  • #14 Gets Some Help: Several associate sponsors have been signed for this weekend for the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway for the #14 A.J. Foyt Racing Dodge driven by Larry Foyt. Smith Chrysler-Dodge, located in Waxahachie, TX will be featured on the hood of the car. Ft. Worth Harley-Davidson will be on the car's rear quarter panels while Texas Harley-Davidson will be on the car's TV panel. Insurance Auto Auctions will be featured on the rear deck lid. IAA is a leading provider of automotive and specialty salvage services in the U.S. providing cost effective turnkey solutions to process and sell total-loss and recovered theft vehicles. Foyt is attempting to compete in his first race since the Subway 400 Feb. 22 at North Carolina Speedway where he finished 32nd. He returned to the cockpit of the A.J. Foyt Racing Dodge for the first time when he tested at TMS March 16-17. Team owner, A.J. Foyt will miss the first two days of action at TMS because he will be working with his Indy car team and grandson A.J. Foyt IV who is testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Saturday.(Foyt Racing PR)(4-1-2004)

  • Blaney Back in Action: Dave Blaney will compete this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in the #23 Dodge. Bill Davis, owner of the #23, has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Batesville Speedway. Mooney Starr, the owner and promoter of Batesville Speedway, has been a long-time supporter of local dirt track racing and felt this would be a unique way to help a longtime friend and also give something back to the local racing community. The #23 Bill Davis Racing entry will be sponsored by Batesville Speedway and also carry decals of it’s two primary events in 2004, the Alltel 100 for Modifieds and the Comp Cams Topless 100 for Late Model Stocks. Bad Boy Mowers of Batesville, AR will also lend support to Davis’ #23. Bad Boy Mowers, established in 1998, manufactures a zero turn radius commercial mower catering to experts in the commercial turf industry. Batesville Speedway is located in Locust Grove, Arkansas. It is a 3/8-mile, red clay oval nestled in the foot hills of the Ozark Mountains in North Central Arkansas. For more information on the event or sponsors, please visit www.batesvillespeedway.com or/and www.badboymowers.com.(BDR PR), also as reported recently, fans of Dave Blaney are pledging money to sponsor a car for Blaney at Michigan, more info on my #23 Team News and Links page; Current Amount 'Pledged': $60,936 as of 4/1.(4-1-2004)

  • Foyt at Bristol and Texas UPDATE: #14-Larry Foyt will attempt to make the Nextel Cup races at Bristol and Texas. The team is still looking for a sponosr for both races.(3-23-2004)
    UPDATE: After nearly a month off, Larry Foyt returned to the cockpit of the A.J. Foyt Racing Dodge when he tested March 16th and 17th at Texas Motor Speedway. Foyt plans to compete in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend and the Samsung/RadioShack 500 on April 4th. "Our test at Texas went pretty decent," Foyt said. "We weren't the fastest car there but we were only two to three tenths off guys like Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. We didn't do any qualifying runs, we were in race trim the whole time. On the second day, the wind came up in the afternoon so we quit early. We only had the one car and we were happy with where we were running so I didn't want to take any chances." Foyt is running a limited schedule this year because the team is without primary sponsorship. "We've been looking but it's been a challenge in this economy," said team owner A.J. Foyt. "Right now I'm running Larry out of my pocket basically, so we have to pick and choose our races. I hope we can find a major sponsor soon." Foyt's son competed in his first Daytona 500 in February and finished 28th. He started 41st and had quickly moved into the top 25 but then he had to pit with a misfire in the power plant. The team's engine specialist diagnosed the problem as a loose spark plug wire which was fixed and Foyt returned to the race. He competed in the next race at Rockingham, N.C. and finished 32nd after struggling with the car's handling. "It was a tough weekend but we brought the car home in one piece." Foyt is currently 43rd in the driver standings after competing in just two of the five races run to date.(Foyt Racing PR)(3-24-2004)

  • Kyle Busch to run a limited schedule: Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick today announced that 18-year-old Kyle Busch will attempt to qualify for six NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races in 2004 with support from primary sponsor CARQUEST Auto Parts, the official auto parts supplier of Hendrick Motorsports since 2002.
    "The folks at CARQUEST have been wonderful partners and we are excited about their expanded role with us in 2004," Hendrick said. "This is going to be a great chance for Kyle to gain some valuable experience by racing with and learning from the best drivers in NASCAR. I think it's really going to benefit his development."
    In conjunction with its support of Busch in the #84 Chevrolets (formerly the #60), CARQUEST will become a major associate sponsor of the #25 Nextel Cup team of driver Brian Vickers. CARQUEST backed Vickers and the championship-winning #5 NASCAR Busch Series team as a major associate in 2003.
    "All of us at CARQUEST Auto Parts are proud to continue our association with Hendrick Motorsports as their official auto parts supplier," said Art Lottes III, president of CARQUEST. "Hendrick Motorsports is a world-class organization and we look forward in 2004 to continued success with Brian Vickers and our new relationship with Kyle Busch."
    Busch will aim to qualify for his first-ever Nextel Cup event at his hometown track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, followed by efforts at Texas Motor Speedway in April and Lowe's Motor Speedway over Memorial Day weekend in May. During the second half of the season, the #84 CARQUEST team will enter races at New Hampshire International Speedway in July, Michigan International Speedway in August and California Speedway on Labor Day weekend in September. In addition, Busch will attempt to make the field for the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge, a non-points event at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    "I appreciate the opportunity CARQUEST and the Hendrick family have provided," said Busch, who will also run a full-time Busch Series schedule in 2004. "Learning first-hand from my teammates and the other Cup drivers is going to be great experience. I'm just looking forward to being on the race track with them." With seven career Busch Series races under his belt, Busch has posted a pair of runner-up finishes, three top-10 showings and five top-10 starts. He also earned two victories and trio of pole positions in 2003 ARCA Series competition.(Hendrick Motorsports)(12-17-2003)

  • 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
    #21-Ricky Rudd Genuine Parts Texas - Apr #21 Paint Scheme Page
    #29-Kevin Harvick Ice Breakers Liquid Ice Texas - Apr #29 Paint Scheme Page
    #41-Casey Mears Fuji Film Texas - Apr none yet...


  • Harvick Paint News UPDATE: Kevin Harvick is scheduled to run a #29 Ice Breakers Liquid Ice Chevy at Texas, the new mint item is billed as the future of instant breath freshening.(1-25-2004)
    UPDATE: Childress, Harvick, Hershey Foods and GM Goodwrench to unveil first completely holographic race car. The #29 Ice Breakers Liquid Ice / GM Goodwrench Chevy will be driven by Kevin Harvick in Samsung/Radio Shack 500 Nextel Cup race on Sunday, April 4, 2004 and be unvieled at the track on Friday, April 2nd in the morning. In conjunction with the race car graphics, Hershey Foods is introducing new Ice Breakers Liquid Ice mints. The first intense, liquid-filled mints from Ice Breakers, Liquid Ice delivers instant mouth freshening and is designed for consumers with a need for breath-freshening speed. See a diecast image of the car on my #29 Team Paint Schemes page.(4-1-2004)

  • #41 to sport different colors at Texas: The #41 Target Dodge will be adorned with the unmistakable green and white of Fujifilm for the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. For the first time this season, Casey Mears will not be sporting the Target bullseye on the hood of the #41 Dodge. Instead, his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup car will carry the colors of sponsorship partner Fujifilm. Mears ran a Fujifilm car last season at Chicagoland Speedway. In addition to the special paint scheme, Mears will have the opportunity to fly the Fujifilm Blimp above the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway on Thursday. Fans will see the blimp soaring high over the Fort Worth area and Texas Motor Speedway throughout the race weekend. The Fujifilm Blimp is over 200-feet long and weighs close to 8 tons, making it the second largest blimp in the world. Powered by two Porsche 930/67/AL/3 6-cylinder, air-cooled, turbocharged engines, the blimp features two rotatable-ducted propellers that give it the ability to hover as well as take-off and land almost vertically. For more information on Fujifilm products, consumers can call 800-800-FUJI or access the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR)(4-1-2004)

  • Back to the Future REVISED scheme: A special paint scheme will launch a nationwide campaign to "Keep It Genuine", accentuating the importance of using genuine Ford and Lincoln Mercury Parts and Service to keep a vehicle performing at its best. The #21 Motorcraft Racing Ford Taurus will run the colors made famous by David Pearson during the 1970's at Texas Motor Speedway for the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 weekend. According to Eddie Wood and his Uncle Leonard, the Wood Brothers "genuine" look was developed in the mid-1960's to distinguish one team entry from another. On several occasions the Wood Brothers entered two or three cars in an event and used a combination of red and white paint schemes on the team cars. The crew chose the red top, white bottom and gold numbers as its primary paint scheme. Leonard Wood remembers that Cale Yarborough was the first Wood Brothers Racing driver to compete in those colors full-time, starting in 1967. The red, white and gold paint scheme went to victory lane 72 times with Yarborough, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney, Donnie Allison, A.J. Foyt, Pearson, and Neil Bonnett behind the wheel between 1967 and 1982. "Ford, Lincoln and Mercury dealerships are known for the genuine Motorcraft parts and quality service Ford customers have come to depend on," says Judi Moritz, the Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) Motorsports & Events Marketing Manager. "And what better way to launch the new FCSD "Keep It Genuine" campaign than to introduce it with a genuine Wood Brothers Racing paint scheme."
    The race at Texas precedes the national dealership introduction of the "Keep It Genuine" program on Monday, April 5. The "Keep It Genuine" initiative reinforces the importance of using genuine Ford and Lincoln Mercury Parts and Service to keep the vehicle performing at its best. Only Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealerships can provide factory-trained technicians and parts engineered specifically for the vehicle. By depending on the dealership to keep the vehicle genuine, owners can drive away with genuine peace of mind.(Motorcraft Racing PR), see the original image and the revised 'red' front image on my #21 Team Paint Schemes page.(3-26/4-1-2004)

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


SOME NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • 49 and counting: after finishing the Cup race at Bristol, #5-Terry Labonte is now carrying a string of 49 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)(3-30-2004)


RACE /CHAMPIONSHIP ODDs


STATS and STUFF




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