(the silly season chart)

Updated 11-5-2003


Team charts by season: 201820172016201520142013201220112010200920082007,200620052004200320022001200019991998

a links to past news for each ACTIVE team in Cup. Go to the chart below and click on the # (number) of the car, which is a link now. The news is from 2001 to present with links to Past Team pages for older news. Links to the Teams, Drivers and Sponsors are also on the TEAM PAGES

For 2003 Race Results, Pole Winners, see my 2003 Race Results Page/Chart.

Check out the Winston Cup Team Addresses page

For news on Misc teams check my New Team Past News and Rumors page

Check out my Pit Crew Chart also.

NOTE: This is a totally unofficial page compiled by Jayski from many different sources.
I try to make it as complete as possible and update it as often possible sometimes each day.
It’s a guide to what I hear is happening

2003 Rookie of the Year Candidates

Greg Biffle, #16
Hideo Fukuyama, #66
Larry Foyt, #14
Jamie McMurray, #42
Casey Mears, #41
Tony Raines, #74
Jack Sprague, #?
#43/44-Christian Fittipaldi will NOT be running for ROTY in 2003.

Cup Drivers without a full time ride/looking in 2003 and/or 2004

(see latest news and links on my Drivers Looking page)

John Andretti, in the #1 for the rest of 2003
Casey Atwood – ran races in the #91
Johnny Benson
Stacy Compton, full BGN
Wally Dallenbach, with NBC
Jeff Fuller
Jeff Green
Kevin Lepage, trying to get his BGN team a sponsor
Chad Little, with Fox Sports Net
Steve Park
Hank Parker Jr
Mike Skinner – back to trucks in 2004
Jack Sprague – back to trucks in 2004
Hut Stricklin
Dick Trickle
Mike Wallace, running #4 in Busch and some races in #09

Teams Looking for Sponsors in 2003/2004

Cup Teams Looking for a Primary Sponsor in 2003 or/and 2004:
#1 Dale Earnhardt Inc.
#7 Ultra Motorsports
#11 Brett Bodine Racing
#25 Hendrick Motorsports
#33/#55 Andy Petree Racing
#44 Petty Enterprises
#49 BAM Racing
#59 Price Motorsports – still active?
#66 Hass Carter Motorsports
#71 Marcis Racing
#74 BACE Motorsports
#79 Arnold Motorsports
#92 Melling Racing – suspended operation, #79 is in their shop now
#93 GIC Motorsports – no idea of their plans
#99 Roush Racing
Hall of Fame Racing [no number]
UNKNOWN Situation:
#5 Hendrick Motorsports, Kelloggs back? looks that way
#41 Ganassi, Target? no idea how long that is for

Anyone or any company interested in contacting the above teams concerning sponsorship
see my Team Address page for contact information

Full-time Rides by Manufacturer – 42 Full Time Teams

Chevy – 13 Teams 1,5,8,15,18,20,24,25,29,30,31,48,74
Dodge – 14 Teams – 2,7,9,12,14,19,22,23,40,41,42,43,45,49
Ford – 10 Teams – 6,16,17,21,38,54,77,88,97,99
Pontiac – 5 Teams – 01,0,4,10,32
* could end up being part time/or no time if a sponsor is not found

Part Time Teams (maybe): 00,02,04,07,09,11,27,33,35,37,44,46,47,52,55,57,59,60,62,66,71,72,78,79,83,84,89,90,91,92,93

Unassigned Numbers for 2003

Numbers are owned and assigned by NASCAR, team can request a number

NO WORD ON PLANS for the #3 or the #28


* after the # means the team is part time
? after a subject means rumor/unknown
? by itself means unknown
ROTY = Rookie of the Year Canadate
Red Type means new for the 2003 season (first full season)
A team in all red means it is a new team for 2003


team links

Driver Manu Sponsor Listed Owner Crew Chief Engine
00* Buckshot Jones Chevy Aaron’s Rents Michael Waltrip Racing Bobby Kennedy DEI
A one race deal to run the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta on Oct.
01 Jerry Nadeau
Mike Skinner (sub)
Joe Nemechek
(as Atlanta)
Pontiac U.S. Army
USG (4 races)
Nelson Bowers
Read Morton
Tom Beard
Ryan Pemberton Hendrick
Joe Nemechek takes over at Atlanta for the rest of 2003 and will run the car in 2004 until Jerry Nadeau is ready to come back. Mike Wallace released after the July Pocono race, and Skinner in thru Martinsville in Oct. Mike Wallace will sub until Nadeau can return to the car, starting at The Winston Open. Nadeau hurt at Richmond in May and Jason Keller drove the car, no word on who drives the car until Nadeau is ok. USG – Sheetrock will be the primary sponsor for four races: Las Vegas, Chicago, Watkins Glen and Talladega. Was the #36 (with M&M’s and Skittles for years). Ryan Pemberton returns to the team (was at the #77). US Army will sponsor the car in 27 races and be an associate for 9 races, team still looking for a primary for the 9 races. Nadeau will be the driver. M&M’s will leave to Yates.
02* Hermie Sadler Chevy
Pontiac (Daytona)
Go Team VA
Hermie Sadler Jeff Buckner Pro Motors
Running a limited schedule. Both Bristol races with Virginia Tech (Mar) and Univ. Of Virgnia (Aug), Talladega in April with 1-800-3-AUTISM, Both Martinsville races with GoTeam VA (Mar) and Va. Commonwealth (Oct), both Richmond races with Go Team VA (May) and Virginia Tech(Sept), Lowe’s with NWA-TNA [wrestling] and in Oct with James Madison Univ. Supposedly doing more un-announced races with NWA-TNA. Was running in Busch full time until the #54 team suspended operations.
04* David Reutimann
Johnny Miller
(Watkins Glen)
Pontiac Kodak Perfect Touch

Forward Air

Larry McClure
Tim Morgan
Garth Finley
Tim Brewer
Rutt Pitman
Is running as a 2nd team car to the #4 in many races in the 2nd half of the season
07* Ted Musgrave Dodge Kenwood Jimmy Smith
Ultra Motorsports
Gene Nead ?Mike Ege
Ran at Indy in the Brickyard 400. No word if he will run again, maybe at Phoenix.
09* Mike Wallace Dodge Miccosukee Indian Gaming James Finch Marc Reno ?
Wallace will run six races in the 2nd half of the season at Richmond on Sept. 6; Talladega on Sept. 28; Kansas on Oct. 5; Atlanta on Oct. 26; Phoenix on Nov. 2; and Homestead on Nov. 16. Buckshot Jones drove the car at Daytona in the Pepsi 400. Mike Wallace left to sub for Jerry Nadeau in the #01 car. Wallace to run at least both Daytona and both Talladega races as well as Homestead, may run more if a sponsor is found. Miccosukee Indian Gaming will sponsor the car at the Flordia races. Switching to Dodge for a limited number of Cup races in 2003.
0 Jason Leffler
Ward Burton
(as Atlanta)
Pontiac NetZero

Haas Automation

Gene Haas
Haas Automation
Tony Furr Hendrick
Ward Burton supposedly will take over as of Atlanta for the rest of the year and drive the car full time in 2004. Leffler named full time driver for 2003 starting at Darlington in Aug and for the 2004 season. Jason Leffler to run at Indy, Andretti expected back afterwards. Jack Sprague released after Chicago. Andretti to run at Loudon and Pococo, and maybe after Indy, but is committed to run the #81 DEI chevy at Indy. No driver named yet for Indy. Furr takes over as crew chief after Talladega in April, replacing long time team crew chief, Dennis Conner. Conner will stay with the team in another capacity [ended up leaving and going to the #2 Truck team]. Tony Furr comes over from the #4 team as a consultant type after Texas. Will be #0 instead of the #60 it ran in 2002. NetZero will move up to Cup with Sprague. The team will run the full 2003 Cup season.

team links

Driver Manu Sponsor Listed Owner Crew Chief Engine
1 John Andretti Chevy Pennzoil

Snap On, Coca-Cola, Nutter Butter

Dale Earnhardt Inc Tony Gibson DEI
John Andretti will drive the car from Richmond in Sept to ? Green takes over starting at The Winston, at least thru September, Fellows will run the road courses. Steve Park released after Richmond [and now with the #30 car Green came from]. Tony Gibson will be the crew chief in 2003, coming over from Hendrick Motorsports and the #24. Crew Chief Paul Andrews left after Darlington in Sept 2002. Steve Park re-signed thru 2003. Pennzoil re-upped for 2003 and beyond.
2 Rusty Wallace Dodge Miller Lite

Mobil One, Mead, PPG, Snap On, Mazak, Lennox, Bosch, Hugo Boss, Amtrak, Utz Quality Foods

Roger Penske Bill Wilburn Penske Jasper
Team to switch to Dodge from Ford in 2003 after months of denials.
4 Johnny Sauter

Stacy Compton

Johnny Miller
P.J. Jones
(Watkins Glen)

Pontiac Kodak Easy Share

Forward Air

Larry McClure
Tim Morgan
Chris Carrier
Gary Grossenbacher
Rutt Pitman
Stacy Compton and Keith Segars are testing at Talladega (may run Daytona) and Johnny Sauter is testing at Chicago. McClure says Jon Andretti is no under consideration for the ride. Trans Am racer, Johnny Miller, will run at Sonoma. Will run a special Pirates of the Caribean scheme at Daytona. Mike Skinner released after Michigan in June. Tim Brewer is with the team as a consultant. Rumors have Kodak leaving for DEI and Skinner not being re-signed for 2004. Changed to Pontiac for 2003 and the second team rumor thing is starting to float around again. Skinner will be back for 2003.
5 Terry Labonte Chevy Kelloggs(Frosted Flakes)

Quaker State, GMAC, Haas

Rick Hendrick Jim Long Hendrick
Kelloggs is supposedly good thru 2003. Labonte’s contract supposedly ends at 2002, but have heard nothing on him leaving or retiring.
6 Mark Martin Ford Viagra/Pfizer Jack Roush Pat Tryson Roush
Crew Chief’s Ben Leslie and Pat Tryson switched teams after Phoenix. Martin is signed with Roush thru 2005
7 Jimmy Spencer Dodge Sirius Satellite Radio Jimmy Smith
Ultra Motorsports
Tommy Baldwin Jr. Mike Ege
Sirius will leave after 2003, team needs a sponsor. Spencer will be the 2003 driver. Baldwin named crew chief for 2003, Tony Furr out. Casey Atwood released with 2 races to go in 2002. Sirius is signed thru 2003. Smith and Evernham parted ways late in 2002.
8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr Chevy Budweiser

Outlaw, Remington, Snap On, Oreo, Drakkar

Dale Earnhardt Inc/DEI Tony Eury Sr DEI
Tony Eury Sr is the official crew chief, Tony Jr is the Car Chief and usually talks on the radio to Dale Jr. No word on any changes or switching to the #3
9 Bill Elliott Dodge Dodge Dealers

UAW, Stihl, Valvoline,Siemens

Ray Evernham
Bill Elliott
Mike Ford
(team director)
Evernham Motorsports
(for restrictor plates)
The team runs under a management system consisting of a team director, a lead mechanic and a race engineer.

team links

Driver Manu Sponsor Listed Owner Crew Chief Engine
10 Johnny Benson Pontiac Valvoline MBV Motorsports
Jay Guy Hendrick
James Ince left the team after Kansas, Jay Guy named to the crew chief job. Benson and Ince re-signed multi-year contract thru at least 2003.
11* Brett Bodine Ford ? Brett Bodine Mike Hillman ?Yates
Hooters left as a sponsor after the June MIS race, no idea plansWill run 20-25 Cup races in 2003. Hillman returns crew chief, Jon Wolfe leaves. Hooters re-signs thru 2003 but Hooter’s owner. Bob Brooks will not buy into the team presently. Supposedly the deal with the #27/72 Kirk Shelmerdine team as a two car team has fallen thru.
12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL

Mobil One, Wega, Sony, Turtle Wax, Timberland

Roger Penske Matt Borland Penske Jasper
Team to switch to Dodge from Ford in 2003 after months of denials.
14/50 Larry Foyt
Dodge Harrah’s AJ Foyt Ben Holm Evernham
Crew Chief Craig “Butch” Lamoreux and GM Mike Chase left after NHIS. Mike Hillman left as crew chief before the season started. Conseco will not return as the sponsor. Foyt moves up from the BGN with Harrah’s as the sponsor. The team will switch from Pontiac to Dodge for 2003. There will be no 2nd team.
15 Micheal Waltrip Chevy NAPA

Coca Cola, Klaussner, Ritz

Dale Earnhardt Inc Richard “Slugger” Labbe DEI
Waltrip signed thru 2004 as is NAPA. Labbe re-signed also, supposedly to a 3-year deal, thru 2005.
16 Greg Biffle
Ford Grainger Jack Roush Doug Richert Roush
Doug Richert takes over for long tome Biffle crew chief after Bristol in August. Grainger and Biffle move up from the BGN series after winning the championship there and a limited Cup schedule in 2002.
17 Matt Kenseth Ford DeWalt Tools

Lexan, Smirnoff Ice

Mark Martin
Jack Roush
Robby Reiser Roush
Smirnoff Ice will be the primary or co=sponsor on the car for 8 races. Kenseth and Reiser are signed thru 2006, DeWalt thru 2004.
18 Bobby Labonte Chevy Interstate Batteries

MBNA, GM, Coca-Cola, Fieldcrest Cannon, Cintas, Champion, ConAgra Foods, Banquet Frozen Foods, Food Lion, Mac Tools, Sherwin Williams, EDS, Daewoo, 3M, Aeroquip, EasyCare, Wix, Advair

Joe Gibbs Micheal McSwain Gibbs Racing
McSwain comes over from the #28 RYR team after Atlanta. Longtime Crew Chief Jimmy Makar will become the Team Manger for all of Joe Gibbs Racing and give up the crew chief job. Team will switch to Chevy full time in 2003.
19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge Dodge Dealers

UAW, Mountain Dew, Stihl, Valvoline,Siemens

Ray Evernham Kenny Francis
(team director)
Evernham Motorsports
(for restrictor plates)
The team runs under a management system consisting of a team director, a lead mechanic and a race engineer. Former crew chief Sammy Johns moves to R&D and testing.

team links

Driver Manu Sponsor Listed Owner Crew Chief Engine
20 Tony Stewart
2002 Cup Champ
Chevy Home Depot

GM, Coke-Cola, Glidden, Old Spice, Champion, EDS, Daewoo, Wix, Advair

Joe Gibbs Greg Zipadelli Joe Gibbs Racing
Changes from Pontiac to Chevy. Stewart is signed thru 2004 and going no place else. Home Depot is signed thru 2004.
21 Ricky Rudd Ford Motorcraft

U.S. Air Force, Rent-A-Center

Wood Brothers Ben Leslie Roush
Crew Chief’s Ben Leslie and Pat Tryson switched teams after Phoenix. Ricky Rudd takes over the ride with a 3 year deal. Motprcraft also extends out to 2005. Elliott Sadler will not return in 2003 and goes to the #38 Yates team.
22 Scott Wimmer
Ward Burton
Dodge Caterpillar

Pro-Cert, Hobas Pipe, Mountain Dew, Tempstar

Bill Davis Frank Stoddard Bill Davis Racing
Wimmer takes over the ride at Atlanta on Oct 26th. Burton supposedly going to the #0 in 2004. Stoddard crew chiefed the car last part of 2002. Former crew chief Tommy Baldwin, Jr left after the 2002 Kansas race. Caterpillar signed thru 2007. Burton signed thru 2004.
23 Kenny Wallace Dodge Stacker2 Gail Davis Philippe Lopez Bill Davis Racing
Kenny Wallace took over the car in Sept at Darlington and Stacker2 comes aboard in 2003. 2002 sponsor Hills Bros left the Cup series.
24 Jeff Gordon Chevy DuPont Finishes

Pepsi, Quaker State, SDRC, AC Delco, Rain-X, Slick 50, Haas, GMAC, Delphi Automotive, Lowe’s

Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Robbie Loomis Hendrick
No word of any changes. Gordon is signed to a longterm deal with Hendrick, DuPont signed up thru 2005, Loomis is on a 2-3 year deal
25 Joe Nemechek Chevy Delphi Automotive/UAW-GM

Quaker State, GMAC

Papa Joe Hendrick Peter Sospenzo Hendrick
Brian Vickers and Busch sponsor GMAC move to the #25 in 2004, Nemechek left looking for a ride. Nemechek and Sospenzo sign for 2003. Peter Sospenzo takes over for Brian Pattie as of the Sept NHIS race, Pattie goes back toe NEMCO in the BGN. No word on if Nemechek will stay past 2002. Delphi Automotive is signed thru 2003. Have not heard or any rumors of other drivers.
26 x x x x x x
see the #54 team
27* Scott Wimmer Dodge ? Bill Davis Racing Chris Rice Bill Davis Racing
Wimmer and team will run full time BGN in 2003 and up to 7 Cup races in 2003.
29 Kevin Harvick Chevy GM Goodwrench

Hershey Foods, Oreo, Realtree, AC Delco, Snap-On, Bass Pro Shops, Coca-Cola, Tracker Boats, Perdue

Richard Childress Todd Berrier Childress
Todd Berrier takes over for Gil Martin who was promoted to Team Manager after Darlington in March 2003. New Paint Scheme in 2003, more black. Switched crew chiefs, crews and some cars with the #31 in mid 2002. This team was the #3 with Dale Earnhardt before he was killed, no word on Childress’ or NASCAR’s plans with the use of the #3.

team links

Driver Manu Sponsor Listed Owner Crew Chief Engine
30 Steve Park Chevy AOL

GM Card

Richard Childress Mike Beam Childress
Steve Park takes over the ride after Richmond. Jeff Green released after Richmond [and is now in the #1 car], and having an argument with Childress in the pits after Harvick and he made contact, putting Green into the wall. Mike Beam moves over from the #32. Former crew chief Todd Berrier will oversee RCR’s research and development program
31 Robby Gordon Chevy Cingular Richard Childress Kevin Hamlin Childress
Switches crew chiefs, crews and cars with the #29 in mid 2002, no word on any other changes. Childress looking to sign Gordon longterm.
32 Ricky Craven Pontiac Tide

Downy, Kenmore, Mattel, Super 8, Craftsman, Diamond Cut Jeans

Cal Wells
PPI Motorsports
Scott Miller PPI Motorsports
Miller takes over late in 2002. Roy McCauley was named crew chief late in 2002, then left the team [is now with Penske]. Former crew chief Mike Beam goes to the #30 RCR team. PPI will build it’s own engines and use Childress engines for restrictor plates races (Daytona and Talladega). Looks like PPI will NOT have a 2nd team in 2003. Tide and Craven signed thru 2004.
33* Paul Menard Chevy Turtle Wax
Andy Petree Newt Noore Petree
Paul Menard signs on to run for Petree in three Cup races, Sonoma, Watkins Geln and Phoenix and other races in Busch, ARCA, ASA and maybe the Truck Series. Christian Fittipaldi ran the the Daytona 500 with Monoco as the sponsor. Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones was supposed to buy into the APR team, but the deal fell thru.
?34* ?Mike McLaughlin ?Chevy ?LesCare Frank Cicci
Jim Kelly
? ?
Is not entered at Watkins Glen as of 8-6-2003. Will run the full BGN season and plans to enter the Watkins Glen Cup race
37* Derrike Cope
Chris Bingham
Chevy Friendly’s
Great Barrier Reef
US Coast Guard
Quest Motor Racing
Derrike Cope
?Warren Johnson
? T&L Motors
Switched to Chevy in 2003, Cope will run selected races, Chris Bingham will run the two road courses. No idea if Warren Johnson is still a part owner.
38 Elliott Salder Ford M&M’s

Shell Lubricants, ROTELLA T, Pedigree, Combos

Robert Yates Todd Parrott Robert Yates
Todd Parrott takes over as crew chief after the August MIS race. Fox will stay with Yates in another capacity. Raymond Fox named full time crew chief for 2003. Doug Yates is now General Manager for both the #38 and #88. Crew Chief Michael McSwain left after Atlanta in Oct, and will crew chief the #18. It’s official, M&M’s to Yates with Sadler, new number is #38 but the OWNERS points from the #28 stay with this team and car.
39*/09* Scott Pruett Dodge Target

Snap-On, Energizer, STP, FugiFilm, Kleenex, Cheerios, Gillette,Microsoft, Dell, EMC, Syntel, Avaya

Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Matt Chambers Ernie Elliott
Pruett ran at Sonoma in the #09 and will run the #39 at Watkins Glen. This may end up being a fourth team in 2004. No word on sponsor or driver, but Tony Stewart has been rumored IF he doesn’t re-sign with Gibbs and is let out of his contract for 2004.
40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Coor’s Light

Target, Snap-On, Kennametal,Microsoft, Dell, EMC, Syntel, Avaya

Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Lee McCall Ernie Elliott
No changes known for 2003. Marlin signed thru 2003. Coors signed thru 2003
41 Casey Mears
Dodge Target

Snap-On, Energizer, STP, FugiFilm, Kleenex, Cheerios, Gillette,Microsoft, Dell, EMC, Syntel, Avaya

Chip Ganassi
Felix Sabates
Jimmy Elledge Ernie Elliott
Mears named as the driver on Dec 5th. Doug Randolph replaced by Jimmy Elledge. Randolph goes th the #10 BGN team. 2002 driver, Jimmy Spencer released at end of 2002.
42 Jamie McMurray
Dodge Havoline

Microsoft, Dell, EMC, Syntel, Avaya

Chip Ganassi Donnie Wingo Ernie Elliott
Will also be the #42 in 2003. Chevron/Texaco/Havoline goes to Ganassi. Jamie McMurray moves up from the BGN to run for ROTY in 2003. Owners points stay with Robert Yates to the #38 car and Elliott Sadler.
43 Jeff Green Dodge Cheerios

Pop Secret, Betty Crocker, Hot Wheels, Ferguson, Sprint, OMP, Red Lobster, Southern Pride Trucking

Petty Enterprises Gary Putnam Mike Ege Racing
Jeff Green took over at Talladega and will finished out the year in the car and is a candidate for 2004. Scott Maxwell will drive the #43 at Watkins Glen, Fittipaldi will be in the #44 for this race. Busch Series driver, Shane Hmiel will drive at Daytona in the special Berry scheme. John Andretti released after Pocono in June, Fittipaldi to run the car for the rest of 2003 with the except to the four races scheduled in the #44 (Daytona, Watkins Glen, Talladega and Lowe’s). Putnam takes over as crew chief, Brandon Thomas left and went back to Gibbs. Andretti will stay in 2003 and possible run the Indy 500. Cheerios is signed thru at least 2003.

team links

Driver Manu Sponsor Listed Owner Crew Chief Engine
44* Christian Fittiapadi Dodge Bugles
(3 races)

New York Yankees
(Watkins Glen)

Petty Enterprises ? Mike Ege Racing
Fittipladi will run a New York Yankees scheme at Watkins Glen and three races with Bugles as the sponsor, Pepsi 400 at Daytona, the EA Sports 500 at Talladega, and the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Was to run Cup, BGN and ARCA until taking over the #43 after Andretti was released in June. Georgia Pacific to move to the #45. #44 to be used for Christian Fittiapadi running part time in 2003, BGN, ARCA and Cup. Greg Steadman moved over from the #43 in mid 2002. Buckshot Jones started the 2002 season in the car but was released after Martinsville in April. Jerry Nadeau and Steve Grissom also drove the car in 2002.
45 Kyle Petty Dodge Georgia Pacific

Brawny, Wells Fargo Financial

Petty Enterprises Greg Steadman Mike Ege Racing
Greg Steadman took over for Steven Lane after Phoenix. Georgia Pacific moves over from the #44. Wells Fargo Financial come over as an assoc, was with the #11 in 2002. Petty stays as the driver and that Petty Enterprises will have three Cup teams in 2003, two full time and the #44 part time until 2004. Georgia Pacific is signed thru 2003. Sprint leaves at the end of 2002.
46* Carl Long Dodge  

Goodridge, Glenn Underwater Services, Racechem

Ana Glenn
Rick Glenn
Mike Chance SR Racing
Plans to run the July New Hampshire race, and possibly Pocono in July, New Hampshire in Sept, and Martinesville in Oct.
46* Frank Kimmel Ford Advance Auto Parts
National Pork Board
Larry Clement Bill Kimmel Roush
plans to stay in ARCA full time, may run a few companion events with Cup.
46* Brandon Ash Ford SAS, Fuji Film, Little Tree Jon Perreton
Scott Yeaman
Track Access
Joey Knuckles ?
Attepted but missed Sears Point in 2002. No word on 2003 plans.
47* Lance Hooper Ford ? Dark Horse Motorsports Richard Jackson ?
attempted one race in 2002, unsure of 2003 plans
48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy Lowe’s Home Improvent

Quaker State

Rick Hendrick
Jeff Gordon
Chad Knaus Hendrick
Only change I know of is the removal of the yellow (rookie) stripe on the back bumper.
49 Ken Schrader Dodge 1-800-CALLATT
(1/4 season)
dakota imaging (Las Vegas)
BAM Racing
Beth Ann Morganthau
Tom Mohrhauser
Scott Eggleston Joey Arrington
1-800-CALLATT will sponsor the team at the Daytona 500 and first few races of the 2003 season. Carrott Top on the hood. Schrader named to run the full 2003 season. Where does Shawna Robinson end up, she is signed with BAM thru 2003, back to the BGN?
52* ? Ford ? Jerry Davis
Anthony Weight
? ?
so far has done nothing in 2002, no idea what the plans are in 2003. Was the #81.
54 Todd Bodine Ford Army National Guard BelCar Racing
Sam Belnavis
Travis Carter
Gary Cogswell Yates
Gary Cogswell takes over for Derrick Finley after Chicago, Finley remains as team engineer. Sam Belnavis and Travis Carter merger and become BelCar Racing, with the Army National Guard as the sponsor and Todd Bodine as the driver. Announced on 1-3-2003 that the team has dissolved with BH Motorsports/Sam Belnavis/Tinsley Hughes splitting. Hughes may try to field his own team later in the season. Will use the #26 Haas-Carter owners points from 2002.

team links

Driver Manu Sponsor Listed Owner Crew Chief Engine
55* ? Chevy ? Andy Petree ? Petree
Christian Fittipaldi ran the Daytona 500 with Monoco as the sponsor, but ran the #33 Chevy, not the #55. No words on future plans
57* Kevin Lapage
Jeff Fultz
Ford CLR

LD Mechanical, OTW Racing, SpeedwayBag

Ted Campbell Joey Cudmore Yates
Kevin Lepage to run at Indy. Mike Skinner tested at Indy and may attempt to run the Brickyard 400. Will attempt Atlanta in March. Fultz tested at Daytona but didn’t attempt the Daytona 500
59* ? Dodge ? Foster Price
Price Motorsports
Mike Chance RDS
no idea what is up with this team
59* Bobby Gerhart Pontiac ? Gerhart Racing Billy Gerhardt Dan Begle
may attempt the 2003 Daytona 500. otherwise plans to run some ARCA races as sponsorship allows.
60* David Green Chevy Haas Automation Rick Hendrick Gary DeHart Hendrick
will run four Cup races in 2003, starting with the Daytona 500.
62* ? Dodge ? Michael Gaughan Shane Wilson ?
plans on staying in the CTS for 2003, may run a Cup race or two in 2003.
66 Hideo Fukuyama
Ford Kikkoman Soy Sauce Travis Carter ? Yates
Plans to attempt Watkins Glen. Hideo Fukuyama running an ABC schedule, ARCA, Busch and Cup. Kikkoman will be the sponsor with it’s various products.
71* ? Chevy ? Helen Marcis Bob Marcis Childress
Perfomance Technology
supposedly has a car and may run a race or two in 2003

team links

Driver Manu Sponsor Listed Owner Crew Chief Engine
72* Kirk Shelmerdine Ford ? Kirk Shelmerdine ? ?
Ran in the Winston Open, no idea of any other plans. Not aligned with Brett Bodine any longer
74 Tony Raines
Chevy ?

Outdoor Channel

BACE Motorsports
Bill Baumgardner
Larry Carter Hendrick
GFS Marketplace as a sponsor at Michigan in August. Had Aaron’s as a sponsor at Indy. Started the season using Amick engines, changed to Henrick engines starting at Chicago in July. Is running a full 2003 schedule and Raines will run for ROTY. Outdoor Channel will be an assoc sponsor on the car and the team will run 10 BGN races with them as a primary.
75* David Starr Chevy ? Mike Starr ? ?
Attempted to make Tecas but failed, has no plans to make any other 2003 Cup attempts.
77 Dave Blaney Ford Jasper Engines

Federal Mogul, Dynagear, Champion, Liberty Life Insurance

Doug Bawel
Mark Wallace
Mark Harrah
Mark Harrah Penske Jasper
Crew Chief, Robert ‘Bootie’ Barker left after Charlotte in Oct 2003. Barker the new crew chief. Ryan Pemberton back to MB2 at end of 2002. Blaney signed thru 2004.
78* Brian Conz
Mike Harmon (Daytona 500)
Chevy Carb-r-all
Precision Cutter
BC Motorsports Steve Bird> ?
Mike Harmon will attempt the Daytona 500. plans to run some 2003 races
79* Rich Bickle Dodge ? Arnold Motorsports
Keith Coleman
Don Arnold
Doug Howe Arrington
Bigley Jr. and team parted ways after Atlanta in Oct, will supposedly attempt Homestead with Bickle, not sure who will drive the car in 2004. Missed making the race at Indy, next up is Bristol. Occupies the old Melling shop. Announced in June, Bobby Allison will be a consultant. Plans to run some 2003 Cup races and a full 2004 schedule and run Bigley for ROTY in 2004
80* Mike Bliss Chevy Advair Joe Gibbs Jimmy Makar Joe Gibbs Racing
Will run at Daytona in July and Talladega in Sept. Mike Bliss to driver and Advair as the sponsor.
80* Andy Hillenburg Ford ? Stan Hover Stan Hover Danny Glad
no idea of 2003 plans
81* John Andretti
Jason Keller
Chevy Kraft Chance 2
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Teresa Earnhardt
Kevin Manion DEI
Andretti tested at Indy and may run the Brickyard 400. Keller failed to make the Chicago race. Fellows will now run the #1 DEI car at the road courses, not sure if DEI will put Green in the #81 or if it will not run at the road courses. Fellows was to run the road courses at Watkins Glen and Sonoma. Jason Keller will run at Chicago.
82* Casey Atwood Chevy U.S. Navy FitzBradshaw Racing ? DEI
was planning to run the Cup race at Talladega in Sept. but dropped it in favor of more Busch Series races.
83* ? Chevy Aaron’s Rent
Hot Tamales
FitzBradshaw Racing ?Bob Temple DEI
No word on if the team will attempt anymore Cup race since Keyy Earnhardt is no longer the driver for the team in the Busch Series. plans to run a limited schedule in 2003 and plans a full Cup schedule in 2004. 2003 schedule: Daytona 500-Aaron’s Rent (is not running the Daytona 500); Texas-Aaron’s Rent(DNQ); Talladega (April)-Aaron’s Rent(didn’t attempt); Winston Open-RacingUSA.com (not sure if he is eligible as he hasn’t made a race in 2003 or in 2002 a supposed requirement); California-SUPERCUTS (DNQ’d); Coke 600-Aaron’s Rent; Daytona (July)-Hot Tamales; Indianapolis-Aaron’s Rent.
84* Norm Benning Chevy SoBe Beverages Norm Benning Linda Nichalos ?
no idea on 2003 plans
85* ? Dodge ? Thee Dixon Keith Montgomery ?
no idea on 2003 plans
88 Dale Jarrett Ford UPS

Ford Credit, Coca-Cola, Fleetwood,Shell Lubricants/ROTELLA T

Robert Yates Shawn Parker Robert Yates
Shawn Parker named crew chief after Richmond. Garth Finley and Richard Buck will handle duties the Parrott’s held for now. Brad Parrott released from crew chief duties after Talladega in April, Team Manager Todd Parrott on a leave of absense. Brad Parott named crew cheif for 2003. Todd Parrott named director of competition for RYR. Doug Yates is now General Manager for both the #38 and #88.
89* Morgan Shepherd Ford ? Morgan Shepherd ? ?
unsure of 2003 plans, much depends on a sponsor.

team links

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90* Kirk Shelmerdine

Jason Hedlesky

Ford Freddie B’s


Junie Donlavey ?Bobby King Yates
Hedlesky will run in the Winston Open, not sure if he will attempt the Coca-Cola 600. Shelmerdine attempted the Daytona 500 but DNQ’d
91* Casey Atwood
Hank Parker Jr
Max Papis
R&D team
Dodge Mountain Dew LiveWire
Ray Evernham Sammy Johns Evernham Motorsports
Atwood will run at Pocono with Mountain Dew LiveWire as the sponsor. Parker is slated to run a race or two, unknown where. Papis may run a race with the team, he tested in April with the team at Kentucky. Is considered the R&D team/car
92* suspended
Dodge ? Mark Melling ?Dean Johnson Ernie Elliott
announced in late 2002 that the team has suspended operations, may surface in late 2003 or in 2004.
93* Mike Harmon ?Ford ? GIC-Mixon Motorsports
James Whitener
Gregg Mixon
Denise Mixon
Mike Byrd ?T&L Motors
merged with the #44 BGN Mixon Motorsports team for 2003, plans to run 4-5 Cup races.
94* Rich Bickle Chevy ? Fred Bickford ? T&L Motors
had planned to run July New Hampshire race but put their debut on hold.
95* ? Ford?
? Sadler Bros Nick Harrison Rahmoc
unsure of 2003 plans, team runs limited races in the BGN and ARCA series.
97 Kurt Busch Ford Sharpie Markers/Rubbermaid

Eldon Organizers

Georgetta Roush
Roush Racing
Jimmy Fennig Roush
No word on any changes. Supposedly Sharpie Pens/Rubbermaid is signed.
99 Jeff Burton Ford CITGO
BassmastersSKF, True Value, Parts Plus, Nanticoke Homes, Borg Warner, Cottman Transmission
Robert Corn/
Roush Racing
Paul Andrews Roush
CITGO will leave as a sponsor at the end of 2003. Will have a new paint Scheme in 2003. Paul Andrews took over after Darlington in Sept 2002, replacing Frank Stoddard who may take a management position with Roush. Burton signed thru 2005.
HOF?* ? ? ?Pizza Hut
?Radio Shack
?Acme Brick
Hall of Fame Racing
Troy Aikman
Roger Staubach
? ?
May run Busch and not Cup in 2004, due to lack of sponsorship. Announced plans in Jan 2003 to run or buy a team to run in the 2004 Cup season, starting with one team and expanding to two teams by 2005. Joe Gibbs has helped as an advisor only. Bill Saunders is managing the team.
05* ?Greg Sacks ?Chevy ?FRANCHI$IT ?Greg Sacks
?Loren Fossie
? ?Hendrick
Any info on this team is non-existant. Didn’t run in 2002 as planned, had a big contest for Daytona, but have heard nothing about the team or Sacks testing or running yet in 2003.

team links

Driver Manu Sponsor Listed Owner Crew Chief Engine
for info and past stories on rumored teams, see the New Teams page


Born on Date: June 20, 2002