NASCAR NEXTEL Open Fast Facts
Location: Lowe¿s Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2004
Time: 7:40 p.m. (EDT)
Sanctioning Body: NASCAR, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Series: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series ¿ Special Event
Eligibility: All NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams that competed in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event in 2003 or 2004, and are not already eligible for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, may compete.
Length: The NASCAR NEXTEL Open will consist of 30 laps, 45 miles, and will be run in two segments¿20 laps and 10 laps. Between segment 1 and segment 2, there will be a yellow flag during which teams can pit and change tires, add fuel and make normal chassis adjustments. Teams pitting will not retain their position on the track and will start the second segment at the rear of the field in the order they leave pit road.
Purse: $900,000 (event record)
Winner¿s share: $48,200
2003 Winner: Jeff Burton, Kraft Velveeta Ford
Qualifying: The better of two qualifying laps will determine a driver¿s official qualifying speed for the NASCAR NEXTEL Open. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday, May 21, at 6:05 p.m. (EDT).
2003 Pole Sitter: Steve Park, America Online Chevrolet
29.309 seconds, 184.244 mph
Radio/Television: Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast the NASCAR NEXTEL Open live to its affiliate radio stations beginning at 6:45 p.m. (EDT). MRN¿s broadcast can also be heard on XM Satellite Radio channel 144. Cable channel FX will televise the race live with coverage set to begin with a pre-race show at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).
Tickets: Tickets for the NASCAR NEXTEL Open, which runs prior to the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, start at $21 and can be obtained online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-FANS.