2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series was the 55th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 32nd modern-era Cup Series season. The season began on February 8 at the Daytona International Speedway with the Budweiser Shootout and ended on November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the Ford 400. Despite only winning one race throughout the whole season, Matt Kenseth, driving the No.17 Ford for Roush Racing, was strongly consistent following the lone win, and was crowned the Winston Cup champion. His only win came in the third race of the 36 race season. Chevrolet took home the NASCAR Manufacturers' Championship after capturing 19 wins and 264 points over second-place finisher Dodge, who had nine wins and 203 points. Ford finished the year third with seven wins and 200 points, and Pontiac finished fourth with one win and 125 points.

This was the final year for Winston being the title sponsor of the Cup Series. Winston had been the title sponsor for NASCAR since 1971. After 33 years, Winston decided not to renew its sponsorship. NASCAR announced a tiered sponsorship model for the 2004 season. This was also the last full time season for Pontiac until its return in 2019. Pontiac had been with NASCAR on 2 different occasions. The first was from 1949 to 1964, then they returned in 1981 and continued full time until the end 2003, though a few teams ran Pontiacs on a limited basis in 2004, and they continued running in the Busch Series through 2005 and ARCA as late as 2007. 2003 was also the final year the old body style could legally be run. In addition, this was the final season for eight-time champion Dale Earnhardt, who retired to focus on running his race team, Dale Earnhardt, Inc., and act as a mentor to his son Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Make Team No. Driver Crew chief Model
Chevrolet BACE Motorsports 74 Tony Raines (R) Larry Carter 2001 Camaro
Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 1 Ron Fellows Tony Gibson Monte Carlo
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Eury
15 Michael Waltrip Slugger Labbe
81 Steve Park Tony Eury, Sr.
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Terry Labonte Jim Long Impala
24 Jeff Gordon Robbie Loomis
25 Joe Nemechek Template:Tooltip Peter Sospenzo
Brian Vickers Template:Tooltip
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Bobby Labonte Michael McSwain Impala
20 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
80 Jason Leffler Bryant Frazier
NEMCO Motorsports 87 John Nemechek Eric Phillips Monte Carlo
Richard Childress Racing 3 Dale Earnhardt Kevin Hamlin Monte Carlo
30 Kevin Harvick Todd Berrier
31 Robby Gordon Mike Beam
Dodge A. J. Foyt Racing 14 Larry Foyt Template:Tooltip (R) Ben Holm Intrepid
P. J. Jones Template:Tooltip
Mark Green Template:Tooltip
BAM Racing 49 Ken Schrader Scott Eggleston Stratus
Bill Davis Racing 22 Ward Burton Template:Tooltip Frank Stoddard Intrepid
Scott Wimmer Template:Tooltip
23 Kenny Wallace Phillipe Lopez
Chip Ganassi Racing (Start Your Engines!) 39 Jamie McMurray (R) Donnie Wingo Stratus
40 Sterling Marlin Lee McCall
41 Casey Mears (R) Jimmy Elledge
42 Kenny Irwin Jr. Tony Glover
Evernham Motorsports 9 Bill Elliott Mike Ford Intrepid
19 Jeremy Mayfield Kenny Francis
91 Blaise Alexander (R) Sammy Johns
Penske Racing 2 Rusty Wallace Bill Wilburn Intrepid
12 Ryan Newman Matt Borland
Petty Enterprises 43 John Andretti Gary Putnam Stratus
44 Kyle Petty Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Greg Steadman
46 Austin Petty Steven Lane
Ultra Motorsports 7 Jimmy Spencer Template:Tooltip Tommy Baldwin Jr. Intrepid
Ted Musgrave Template:Tooltip
Ford BelCar Motorsports 54 Todd Bodine Gary Cogswell Mustang
Jasper Motorsports 77 Dave Blaney Mark Harrah 2002 Taurus
Orr Motorsports 37 Rodney Orr John Page Taurus
Robert Yates Racing 38 Elliott Sadler Raymond Fox Jr. Taurus
88 Dale Jarrett Shawn Parker
Roush Racing 6 Mark Martin Pat Tryson Roush Mustang
17 Matt Kenseth Robbie Reiser
60 Greg Biffle (R) Doug Richert
97 Kurt Busch Jimmy Fennig
99 Jeff Burton Paul Andrews
Steele/Favre Motorsports 16 Tim Steele Joey Knuckles Taurus
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ricky Rudd Ben Leslie Shelby GT500
Pontiac Haas CNC Racing 0 Jack Sprague (R) Template:Tooltip Tony Furr Grand Prix
John Andretti Template:Tooltip
Jason Leffler Template:Tooltip
Ward Burton Template:Tooltip
MB2 Motorsports 01 Jerry Nadeau Ryan Pemberton
10 Johnny Benson Jr. Jay Guy
Morgan-McClure Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 4 Ernie Irvan Tim Brewer
PPI Motorsports 32 Ricky Craven Scott Miller

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief Round(s) Model
Chevrolet Andy Petree Racing (Start Your Engines!) 33 Christian Fittipaldi Template:Tooltip 2001 Monte Carlo
Paul Menard Template:Tooltip
BC Motorsports 78 Mike Harmon Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Bill McAnally Racing 00 Jim Inglebright Template:Tooltip 2001 Camaro
Michael Waltrip Racing Buckshot Jones Template:Tooltip
Mike Skinner Template:Tooltip
Dale Earnhardt Incorporated 98 Jason Keller Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
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FitzBradshaw Racing 83 Kerry Earnhardt Template:Tooltip 2000 Monte Carlo
Hendrick Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 60 David Green Gary DeHart Template:Tooltip Impala
Brian Vickers Template:Tooltip
Joe Gibbs Racing 02 Mike Bliss Template:Tooltip Impala
Joe Varde Racing 35 Joe Varde Template:Tooltip 2002 Camaro
Marcis Auto Racing (Start Your Engines!) 71 Tim Sauter Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
Jim Sauter Template:Tooltip
Mike Starr Racing 75 David Starr Template:Tooltip 2001 Camaro
Quest Motor Racing 37 Derrike Cope Ernie Cope Template:Tooltip 2002 Camaro
Earnhardt-Childress Racing (Start Your Engines!) 90 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo
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Dodge Conely Racing 78 Rich Bickle Template:Tooltip 2002 Stratus
79 Billy Bigley Template:Tooltip
Rich Bickle Template:Tooltip
Arnold Motorsports Derrike Cope Template:Tooltip
Bill Davis Racing 27 Scott Wimmer Template:Tooltip Intrepid
Shelby Howard Template:Tooltip
Chip Ganassi Racing (Start Your Engines!) 04 Scott Pruett Matt Chambers Template:Tooltip Stratus
Evernham Motorsports 09 Casey Atwood Template:Tooltip Intrepid
Glenn Racing 46 Carl Long Template:Tooltip 2001 Intrepid
Phoenix Racing 09 Mike Wallace Template:Tooltip 2002 Intrepid
Scott Pruett Template:Tooltip
Buckshot Jones Template:Tooltip
Ultra Motorsports 07 Ted Musgrave Template:Tooltip Intrepid
Ford
Ash Motorsports 02 Brandon Ash Template:Tooltip 2002 Mustang
BelCar Racing 66 Hideo Fukuyama Template:Tooltip Mustang
Brett Bodine Racing 11 Brett Bodine Template:Tooltip 2000 Taurus
Geoffrey Bodine Template:Tooltip
CLR Racing 57 Jeff Fultz Template:Tooltip 2001 Taurus
Brett Bodine Template:Tooltip
Kevin Lepage Template:Tooltip
Donlavey Racing 90 Tony Roper 15 2000 Mustang
Harrah Racing 55 Jeff Fultz Template:Tooltip Taurus
Matrix Motorsports 71 Kevin Lepage Template:Tooltip 2001 Mustang
Robert Yates Racing 98 Jason Jarrett Template:Tooltip Taurus
Shepherd Racing Ventures 89 Morgan Shepherd Template:Tooltip 2001 Taurus
Team Rensi Motorsports 35 Bobby Hamilton, Jr. Template:Tooltip Mustang
Pontiac Morgan-McClure Motorsports (Start Your Engines!) 04 David Reutimann Garth Finley Template:Tooltip 2002 Firebird
Johnny Miller Template:Tooltip
Chevrolet
Pontiac
SCORE Motorsports 02 Hermie Sadler Jeff Buckner Template:Tooltip Monte Carlo

Grand Prix

Manufacturer Changes

  • Following the discontinuation of the Camaro, Chevrolet switched its second model to the Impala.
  • For 2003, Pontiac only fielded the Grand Prix, due to the discontinuation of the Firebird.

Schedule

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 8 MGM
Gatorade 125s February 13 MGM
1 Daytona 500 February 16 MGM
2 Subway 400 North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham February 23 Fox
3 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas March 2 Fox
4 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton March 9 Fox
5 Old Spice 400 Gateway International Raceway, Madison March 16 CBS
6 Food City 500 Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol March 23 Fox
7 Samsung/RadioShack 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth March 30 Fox
8 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega April 6 Fox
9 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain April 13 CBS
10 Auto Club 500 California Speedway, Fontana April 27 Fox
11 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Moreno Valley May 3 MGM
Winston Open Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord May 17 FX
The Winston FX
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 25 Fox
13 MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover June 1 FX
14 All Grown Up! 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth June 8 FX

Nickelodeon

15 Sirius 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 15 Fox
16 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Havoline Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix June 22 Fox
17 Pepsi 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 5 MGM
18 Tropicana 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet July 13 MGM
19 New England 300 New Hampshire International Speedway, Loudon July 20 MGM
20 Pennsylvania 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond July 27 NBC
21 Brickyard 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway August 3 MGM
22 Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 10 MGM
23 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England August 17 TBS
24 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis August 23 MGM
25 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington August 31 TBS
26 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 6 TBS
27 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 14 MGM
28 MBNA America 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover September 21 NBC
29 EA Sports 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega September 28 NBC
30 Banquet 400 Presented by ConAgra Foods Kansas Speedway, Kansas City October 5 TBS
31 UAW-GM Quality Roval 500 Lowe's Motor Speedway, Concord (Roval) October 11 MGM
32 Subway 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway October 19 NBC
33 Ford 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead October 26–27 MGM

TBS

34 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Infineon Raceway, Sonoma November 2 NBC
35 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 North Carolina Speedway, Rockingham November 9 MGM
36 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton November 16 NBC

Races

No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Make/Model
Budweiser Shootout Geoff Bodine Jeff Gordon Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Gatorade 125 #1 Jeff Green Jeff Green Robby Gordon Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Gatorade 125 #2 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
1 Daytona 500 Jeff Green Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2 Subway 400 Dave Blaney Rusty Wallace Dale Jarrett Ford Taurus
3 UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 Bobby Labonte Dale Earnhardt Jr. Matt Kenseth Ford Roush Mustang
4 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Ryan Newman Bobby Labonte Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Impala
5 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Elliott Sadler Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ricky Craven Pontiac Grand Prix
6 Food City 500 Ryan Newman Jeff Gordon Kurt Busch Ford Roush Mustang
7 Samsung/Radio Shack 500 Bobby Labonte Elliott Sadler Ryan Newman Dodge Intrepid
8 Aaron's 499 Jeremy Mayfield Jimmie Johnson Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
9 Howard Johnson's 400 Terry Labonte Joe Nemechek Sterling Marlin Dodge Stratus
10 Auto Club 500 Steve Park Tony Stewart Kurt Busch Ford Roush Mustang
11 Budweiser 400 Terry Labonte Joe Nemechek Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Impala
Winston Open Steve Park Mike Skinner Jeff Burton Ford Roush Mustang
The Winston Bill Elliott Tony Stewart Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Impala
12 Coca-Cola 600 Ryan Newman Matt Kenseth Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Impala
13 MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman Ryan Newman Dodge Intrepid
14 All Grown Up! 400 Jimmie Johnson Sterling Marlin Jerry Nadeau Pontiac Grand Prix
15 Sirius 400 Bobby Labonte Sterling Marlin Kurt Busch Ford Roush Mustang
16 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Boris Said Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Chevrolet Monte Carlo
17 Pepsi 400 Steve Park Kevin Harvick Greg Biffle Ford Roush Mustang
18 Tropicana 400 Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Ryan Newman Dodge Intrepid
19 New England 300 Matt Kenseth Jeff Gordon Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Impala
20 Pennsylvania 500 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman Ryan Newman Dodge Impala
21 Brickyard 400 Kevin Harvick Tony Stewart Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Monte Carlo
22 Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen Jeff Gordon Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Chevrolet Monte Carlo
23 Jacob's Grand Prix Bobby Labonte Jimmie Johnson Adam Petty Dodge Stratus
24 Keystone Light 400 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Jeff Burton Chevrolet Monte Carlo
25 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Ryan Newman Ryan Newman Terry Labonte Chevrolet Impala
26 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Mike Skinner Jeff Gordon Ryan Newman Dodge Intrepid
27 Tyson Holly Farms 400 Ryan Newman Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jerry Nadeau Pontiac Grand Prix
28 MBNA America 400 Matt Kenseth Kevin Harvick Ryan Newman Dodge Intrepid
29 EA Sports 500 Elliott Sadler Jeff Gordon Michael Waltrip Chevrolet Monte Carlo
30 Banquet 400 Presented by ConAgra Foods Jimmie Johnson Bill Elliott Ryan Newman Dodge Intrepid
31 UAW-GM Quality Roval 500 Ryan Newman Tony Stewart Tony Stewart Chevrolet Impala
32 Subway 500 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Impala
33 Ford 400 Jamie McMurray Bill Elliott Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Impala
34 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Boris Said Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Chevrolet Monte Carlo
35 Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 Ryan Newman Bill Elliott Bill Elliott Dodge Intrepid
36 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Ryan Newman Tony Stewart Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Impala