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2000-1999 Past News, Rumors, Testing, Paint Schemes

Updated 9-21-2000


  • Ernie on TV: First, some facts. Everyone in racing -- in each series -- at every level -- is vitally concerned about the safety of drivers and spectators. Suggesting otherwise is neither fair nor correct. And, one other fact: after Sunday's race in Atlanta ESPN's rights-holding relationship with NASCAR will end after 20 years and 262 races. This is also true about NASCAR: It enjoys legendary fan loyalty, and in a business sense is the envy of the sports industry. While other leagues confront flattening attendance and shrinking television ratings, NASCAR's growth since the early 90's has been in continual full throttle. There is, in this sport, a delicate balance between the rules of racing and an exciting and attractive product. How many horsepower -- how many lead changes -- and -- is it as safe as it can be? Because this sport is unique in the most profound sense. Nowhere but in motorsports must everyone -- owners, participants, fans, and the media -- deal with the specter of serious injury and death. In that regard, this was not a good year for NASCAR. Sunday we examine that question, in a sport where it seems the sky's the limit. Retired Cup driver Ernie Irvan, Charlotte Observer's David Poole (from That's Racin') and CART/IRL/Indianapolis Star columnist Robin Miller discuss the issues(11-19-2000)

  • Interesting Story: Scott and the FPR gang rolled into Lynchburg on Wednesday night for a meet and greet session with NASCAR veteran Ernie Irvan. Irvan, who was the special guest of Dwayne Marshall and River Ridge Mall, made a classy entrance to the mall in South Boston Speedway's Textilease Monte Carlo Pace Car. The procession, of local stock car drivers, was led by Mr. and Mrs. Guy Haskins, to the food court entrance as hundreds of cheering fans looked on. As Irvan entered River Ridge, a roar from the crowd set the mood for this momentous occasion. Worley and his crew parked their Foster Fuels Pontiac out front and began a two hour autograph session. Car sponsor, Martin Printwear's Ricky Martin, really came through by delivering a slew of Worley #88 T-shirts hot off the press. Fans eagerly waited in line to be the next lucky recipient of a brilliantly printed fan shirt. Martin joined in with Steve Worley, Roger Grishaw, Terry King, and Gayle Knapp passing out fan cards and shirts. "Man, that was a lot of shirts", exclaimed Martin, "we worked all afternoon getting those things out!" And after a lot of hard work, the Dairy Queen crew cooled the heated pit workers with Blizzards. Car owner, Frank Hodnett, wished he could have been there, but was having a bout with pneumonia. Our prayers go out to him for a speedy, NASCAR recovery. "If I'm not in a hospital, I'll be at the track on Saturday." The Team Leader is anxious to see how the season ending points race will shake out. "We're only 18 points out of eighth place", says Hodnett, "anything can happen and I'll be there to see it." The drive to the rookie championship has been a long one for Worley, but determination and effort have made for an interesting season. Racing for the Alltel 150 gets underway with a lead-in by the Above and Beyond Extreme Team from Liberty University(10-2-2000)

  • Ernie on TV UPDATE: Ernie Irvan will be hosting a TV show, "On the pole," on Fox Sports, airing on Sundays in July and will be hosting an outdoors show airing in November and December on ESPN2(NOL Chat)(5-25-2000)
    UPDATE Ernie Irvan will host the popular Fox Sports Net fishing show "On The Pole". Irvan will begin taping the popular fishing series, later this month on the banks of North Carolina's Lake Norman. The first show, with Irvan as host, is scheduled to air on Sunday July 2. Irvan has also contracted with the Atlanta based Seals Communications Corporation, to Host "Great Outdoors" on ESPN2, later this fall. "I am very excited about this opportunity," Irvan states. " I've been calling all my racing buddies and asking them to come fishing with me." Ernie will personally be inviting guests like Larry McReynolds, Ken Schrader and Michael Waltrip, Marc Reno, and Randy LaJoie to join him on the show. "On The Pole" combines two of America most beloved pastimes in one unique show. The common bond between the sport of fishing and NASCAR Racing are explored in this exciting outdoor Television series. The series is created and produced by the veteran electronic media and marketing company Seals Communications Corporation. " On The Pole" has quickly evolved into one of the most popular new fishing programs on Television. The show premiere in 1999 on Fox Sports Net and offers the additional benefit of repeat telecasts on the Outdoor Life Network(Ernie Irvan PR/Site)(6-4-2000)

  • Fox Sports: No regrets - After watching Bodine's crash, Irvan glad he retired by Ernie Irvan(2-19-2000)

  • Irvan at Fox: Ernie Irvan made his FoxSports debut as their Racing Analyst, Wednesday night he discussed the Gordon/Stewart incident, the Yates powerful engines. See more at FoxSports: Twin 125 is last line of hope for some drivers by Irvan(2-17-2000)

  • Action and Irvan: Action Performance announced that it has signed an exclusive, five-year merchandise licensing agreement with Ernie Irvan Enterprises to create a historical series of collectible die-cast replicas of cars driven by NASCAR champion Ernie Irvan(Yahoo Biz)(2-3-2000)

  • Irvan/Gordon: Ernie Irvan has nothing to do with Team Gordon as a spokesman, Mentor, or as a owner, Irvan is just leasing his building to Team Gordon for 2000. Irvan is looking to put his own WC team together this year for 2001 season(Ernie Irvan Site)(2-1-2000)

  • From Bryan Hoover a reader who met Ernie at the recent Motorsports Show in Fort Washington, PA on Jan 14th: "I had the oppurtunity to attend the talk Ernie gave yesterday at the Penzoil Motorsports show. Ernie talked for close to an hour and answered fairly routine question from the audience about retirement etc.(Many questions asked showed a lack of knowledge on Ernies history). Things I found interesting:

    1. His goal is to have greater membership in 2000 for his fan club than ever before.That would show to him he was a success

    2. Hope to move his fan club to his Horse farm

    3. Has no ties in helping Gordon racing as of now, has not been asked to help consult. His only interest in the team is to make sure "his" employees are being treated okay.

    4. Hoping to get sponsorship to run a team in 2001

    5. His only job as of now for this season is taking care of his kids. Has had no other offers.

    6. Sounds genuinely confident his retirement decision was the right thing to do.

    7. Spent some time in the IRVAN-SMITH booth after the talk visiting with his brother-in-law. Entertained some fans, but generally was left with a ring of fans wathcing him but not bugging to see how he signs his name.

    Thanks, great recap(1-24-2000)

  • Contacting Ernie: many questions are being sent to me on contacting Ernie. I have no email address for him, no home phone number, no home address, etc. If you wish to contact him via mail, sent info to the fan club, link to the left or to the MB2 or Irvan-Simo shops(info linked on this site)(9-6-1999)

  • Hot Wheels: Terry Labonte, Kyle Petty and Ernie Irvan are teaming to offer a set of collectible die cast cars to raise money for Hendrick Motorsports' program to benefit the National Marrow Donor Program. The die cast versions of a #5 Labonte Chevrolet, a #44 Petty Pontiac and a #36 Irvan Pontiac, will be available at hobby shops and trackside stands as well as through the www.hotwheels.com web site(That's Racin')(10-21-1999)

  • Ernie PR: Ernie Irvan Plans Contest's, Auctions and Appearances with a Personal Touch. Ernie Irvan wants to personally say thank you to the thousands of fans that have diligently followed his 12-year racing career. In the day when million dollar contests, large corporate promotions and fan appreciation tours are commonplace, Ernie has decided to take a different road to reach out to his fans. Ernie will return to the grass roots of this great sport adding a personal touch. "Large promotions are very exciting, but some times it needs to be more personal," explains Irvan. Ernie plans to spend more time writing personal letters, making random phone calls, responding personally to e-mail as well as joining online chat sessions. Starting in April, the Ernie Irvan Fan Club will host a variety of Contests and Auctions and Fan Club meetings, all with Ernie's personal touch attached to them.

    Beginning April 1st, The Fan Club will be giving away two passes to his personal condominium located at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. The lucky winners will get to watch the October race with Ernie and his family. The contest will be a 20-week Trivia Contest for members of the fan club. Fans can play on line or via phone. Weekly winners will be drawn and awarded prizes and monthly winners will receive prizes and be entered in a drawing for the grand prize. "The reason we are doing it for 20 weeks," states Ernie, "is so everyone has a chance to participate. We want a lot of winners, we want to give away a lot of prizes," said Irvan.

    The Irvan.com web site and the fan club will also be auctioning personal racing items. Scheduled to be auctioned in late March is Ernie's Bud Shootout seat. The seat was used twice, both in the 1998 #36 Skittles car and in the 1999 #36 M&M's car. The club has acquired many unique items like shoes, shirts and custom earpieces. All items will come with a photo of Ernie with the item and a personal letter describing the item and what it was used for. The front right quarter panel of Ernie career ending # 84 Busch car has already gone up for sale on the web site.

    On Saturday June 24, a special hometown fan club meeting will be held at Sears Point Raceway. Irvan, a native of the Salinas CA, will be making an appearance as the Grand Marshal at Sears Point Raceway for the June 25th SaveMart/Kragen 350.

    Ernie has been pleasantly suprised by the enthusiasm his fans have shown for his future endeavors. "The support has been strong," Irvan said. "I retired so quickly that I did not have a chance to plan lot of things. I want to give something back to the fans, the kind of things that real fans want, things that are hard to get hold of."

  • Ernie Irvan will be featured on all event tickets for the upcoming Save Mart/Kragen 350 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Sears Point Raceway, June 22-25. Irvan, a native of nearby Salinas (CA) and two-time winner at Sears Point, will serve as Grand Marshal of the event and be honored during pre-event ceremonies on race day, Sunday, June 25. Ceremonies will include Irvan taking a lap around the 10-turn, 1.95-mile track. The event ticket features a vintage picture of Irvan taken after his first victory at Sears Point Raceway in 1992. Next to Irvan will be pictures of the two cars he drove to victory, the Kodak Film Chevrolet (1992) and the Texaco Havoline Ford (1994). Irvan's signature will appear on each ticket. Irvan is one of three two-time winners in NASCAR at Sears Point Raceway, along with Jeff Gordon (1998, 1999) and Rusty Wallace (1990, 1996). The Save Mart/Kragen 350 NASCAR Winston Cup Weekend is set for June 22-25(Sears Point PR)(5-31-2000)

  • Irvan at Martinsville: Ken Schrader, driver of the #36 M&M's Pontiac, mentioned on SpeedVision's TV show Inside NASCAR Winston Cup that former #36 driver, Ernie Irvan, now retired, was in the team's pits over the weekend at Martinsville(4-11-2000)

  • Helping Irvan: getting many questions on how to help Ernie Irvan as many fans have things they would like to donate to help Irvan replace items lost on the fire that destroyed his house last week. Best bet is to contact the folks at the Official Ernie Irvan Fanclub site. They have updates and ways to help along with contests and other info(4-2-2000)

  • Irvan's House UPDATE 5:from the GoCarolin's site: "Retired race car driver Ernie Irvan's house caught fire Saturday afternoon. The $1 million home is located outside of Mooresville. The fire started about 1:30 p.m. Fire crews from Rowan County, Iredell County and the city of Mooresville responded to the blaze. They say the house may be a total loss. No injuries have been reported. Irvan was vacationing in the Bahamas when the fire started. He chartered a private plane to come home today. AND a story on the WCNC NBC 6 site, mentions someone transported to the hospital and an image of the house(3-25-2000)
    UPDATE 2: When Ernie Irvan arrived late Saturday afternoon, a crowd was still gathered. Irvan, who retired from NASCAR Winston Cup racing last year after a serious accident, surveyed the damage and thanked firefighters for their efforts. See the full story, more info then the others, at That's Racin': Fire causes broad damage to ex-driver Irvan's home(3-26-2000)
    UPDATE: See a bunch of images and an update on the situation at the Ernie Irvan Official Site Irvan plans to rebuild(3-27-2000)
    UPDATE 4: The fire that destroyed most of the home of Ernie Irvan does not appear to have been intentionally set, the Rowan County fire marshal said(ESPN/AP)
    CORRECTION: been informed that the AP report is incorrect in that it reports that Irvan's vintage cars were destroyed. In fact, nothing in the separate garage building was harmed. That included two Ford Mustangs, a 2000 VW Beatle and several recreational vehicles. For the best update on the situation, see the irvan.com site(3-28-2000)

  • Said back to SCCA but... Boris Said III returns to the SCCA with the latest creation from top Mustang-tuner Steeda Autosports. Said, who plans a 12-race campaign in the Winston Cup series with Irvan-Simo Racing, expects to compete in all 10 Speedvision GT events. If there is a conflict, three-time defending BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series runner-up Brian Simo will guest star in the seat(AutoChannel)(12-21-1999)

  • Team Gordon UPDATE 2: also mnetioned on RPM2Nite was that Robby Gordon/Team Gordon may announce their primary sponsor for the #13 Ford on Friday -- UPDATE: one rumor has UPS as the sponsor(12-13-1999) -- UPDATE: have been told that both rumors are incorrect, there will be no announcement Friday and UPS may or may not be the sponsor, look for an announcement by Christmas from the team(12-14-1999)

  • DJ the Champ: friend and former teammate Dale Jarrett mentioned Ernie during his elegant speech at the NASCAR Cup banquet Friday night. It was nice to hear(12-4-1999)

  • Irvan-Simo Racing: from what I understand, Irvan-Simo Racing will run Robby Gordon full-time in the #13 and, assuming sponsorship is secured, will run Boris Said in a second car in selected races(11-25-1999)

  • More Irvan-Gordon UPDATE: Ernie Irvan said he is considering leasing the shop he co-owns with Mark Simo to Robby Gordon's team next season. Gordon also could buy the four or five cars that are built and ready in the shop. Irvan planned to run the team but has not found a 2000 sponsor. About a week ago he was contacted by Gordon about the potential lease. Simo is meeting with Gordon later this week, and Irvan expects everything to be finalized in the next few days. The plan also could benefit the Irvan-Simo team. Current employees could be kept on and gain needed experience working with Gordon. "It's kind of a real good merger," Irvan said. "We've got to make sure it's not something that just helps Robby Gordon and doesn't help us. What we want to do is, obviously, I've got a lot of employees and they've never Winston Cup raced. If they continue to work with Robby, they're going to have a year under their belt." Irvan said any potential role with the team has not been clarified. There is the possibility that he could work with Gordon during the upcoming year. "Right now, that hasn't been totally discussed," Irvan said. "I know that there's so much I can help Robby with, just everything. I really think I can maybe even help with the credibility. Robby's a talented race car driver, he just needs to stay focused on racing."(Times-Dispatch)(11-23-1999) -- UPDATE: Robby Gordon announced Tuesday he has entered into a relationship with Irvan/Simo Racing that allows use of all Irvan/Simo assets next season, with an option for 2001, while Team Gordon constructs its own, new North Carolina facility. Those Irvan/Simo Racing assets include the Mooresville, N.C., facility, equipment, cars, employees and a merchandising program through the Mark Simo-owned clothing company, No Fear. Team Gordon also announced plans to campaign the Ford Taurus for the upcoming season. The car will use "lucky" number 13, a number it hopes fans will find endearing. The Irvan/Simo relationship also extends Gordon's association with Mark Simo and the No Fear Clothing Company, which will assemble and operate the team's merchandise program, both trackside and in retail outlets. On the racing front, Ernie Irvan comes on board as an advisor to Gordon and co-owners Held and John Menard. His role will be as a mentor, to ease the transition from the CART series, where Team Gordon successfully debuted in 1999, to the extremely competitive 34-race NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule. Lee Morse, Irvan/Simo Racing general manager, will lead the ship, rekindling a relationship Gordon had with Morse during his sedan years with the Ford Motor Company. The team is also working on one of the last pieces to the puzzle -- hiring a crew chief to couple with Jerry Baxter and Doug Louth. An announcement is expected in the next two weeks(in part fron the Official Ernie Irvan Site)(11-23-1999)

  • Gordon and Irvan? here is a new one: Sources indicate that (Robby) Gordon is maneuvering to acquire the building and assets of Irvan-Simo Racing, which has produced part-time efforts in Craftsman Trucks, Busch Series and Winston Cup this season. Irvan said Friday that "there's a lot of details to work out. We're looking at maybe leasing our building and people and maybe selling our cars, and I'd stay around as a consultant."(Racer Magazine)(11-19-1999)

  • Irvans Lap: Ernie Irvan is one of NASCAR's 50 all-time greatest drivers. But Irvan never got a farewell tour or retirement party, after suffering career-ending injuries during a practice session wreck at Michigan Speedway three months ago. But Atlanta Motor Speedway will pay a final tribute to him Sunday, just before the start of the NAPA 500. Irvan and his wife, Kim, will circle the track for a farewell lap in a specially designed M&M's ``Millennium'' Pontiac. Irvan's career ended after he wrecked during a practice session Aug. 20. Irvan, 40, who had to be cut out of his car by safety workers, was diagnosed later with a bruised lung and a concussion. Because of his health problems, Irvan said it was undecided whether he or his wife will drive the car for Sunday's farewell lap(Palm Beach Post) BUT I got an M&M's Press Release that says: Retired "M&M's"® Racing Team driver Ernie Irvan will make his final lap around a Winston Cup race track on Sunday, November 21, prior to the start of this weekend's event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Irvan, driving a Pontiac Grand Prix pace car painted with a matching Millenium paint scheme, will use the time to salute his legions of fans and fellow competitors for their support since his retirement on September 3, 1999(Ernie Irvan Site)(11-17-1999)

  • M&M's Paint: To commemorate their status as the official candy of the new Millenium, "M&M's"® Chocolate Candies is running a special paint scheme at the NAPA 500 at Atlanta. The #36 Pontiac will be painted a metallic navy with festive renditions of the "M&M's"® Spokescharacters(Ernie Irvan Site)(11-17-1999)

  • Irvan Honor: To honor Ernie Irvan's retirement and career after suffering a career-ending injury at Michigan almost three months ago Irvan will cruise one lap around the Atlanta Motor Speedway in a specially designed #36 M&M's car after driver introductions are completed on Nov 21st in the Cup season finale. It will be a final and fitting tribute to Irvan, who won 15 races during his 13-year career. Irvan, who is looking into a career in TV broadcasting at racing events, reportedly is still feeling the lingering effects from a concussion(Atlanta Constitution/Mike Carvell)(11-9-1999)

  • Ernie on TV: Retired "M & M's"® Racing Team driver Ernie Irvan hit the talk show circuit on Tuesday, November 2, with a trip to The Maury Povich Show. Irvan was part of a show titled "Maury Makes Kids Wishes Come True," which is set to air in mid-December. Irvan, along with Povich, presented a hard working father of six(including nine-month-old quadruplets) with a trip to the Richard Petty driving experience in Orlando as well as an "M&M's"® Racing Team goody bag(Irvan.com)(11-4-1999)

  • Two #36 cars: There will be two "M & M's"® Ponitacs in action during the race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Not only will the "M&M's"® Pontiac run the Dura-Lube 500 on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, it is also on display as part of the new PIR ticket office and retail store, the PIR Race Shop. The "M&M's"® Racing Team donated the No. 36 Pontiac to the track for display in their new facility(Catchfence)(11-4-1999)

  • On October 22,1999 Ernie Irvan will be given the honor of presenting the ARETA Award to Cancer Survivor and Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong. In a Gala ceremony to be held at Navy Pier Grand Ballroom in Chicago, Ernie and his wife Kim will participated in the star studded night. Ernie was the recipient of the award several years ago. The ARETE awards are recognized as the most inspirational night in sports. Arete (Ah-ree-tee) is what the ancient Greeks termed as the embodiment of excellence and valor. The noble virtues of dedication and perseverance. It honors men and women who know no limits, because they refuse to accept limitations and who will let no obstacle stand dreams. The evening will also centered around Hall of Fame Chicago bears running back Walter Payton who's Career will be honored with ARETE life Award. The Ceremony will be aired on ESPN on Wednesday Nov 10th at 8:00-9:30pm/et(Irvanfan Club Site)(10-21-1999)

  • #36 Paint UPDATE: The unveiling of the Countdown to the Millennium M&M's® car kicked off a series of media announcements Saturday morning. The #36 Pontiac will race in this Sunday's Winston Cup race in the "sneak peek" Countdown paint scheme and in the dark blue Millennium Party paint scheme at the finale at Atlanta in November.Jerry Nadeau will continue to drive the car for the remainder of the season, replacing Ernie Irvan who retired after his heavy crash in practice at Michigan in August. However, Irvan's name will be displayed on the door of both cars "as a tribute to the former M&M's Racing driver's 13-year career."(GoRacing)(10-9-1999) -- UPDATE: M&M Mars officials unveiled the new paint scheme, which will be run at the season-ending NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with both Ernie Irvan and current driver Jerry Nadeau in attendance. In fact, Nadeau and Irvan lifted the cover off the dark-blue car for the cameras. Mars Director of Sponsorships Tim Quinn was on hand as well(TNN)(10-12-1999)

  • Irvan inducted: Ernie Irvan was inducted into the Lowe's Motor Speedway Court of Legends Wednesday afternoon, becoming the 14th inductee. Prior to retiring in September, Irvan competed in 20 NASCAR Winston Cup Series races at LMS, posting one of the most dominating victories in track history while driving for Robert Yates in 1993. Irvan won 15 races during his storied NASCAR Winston Cup career. Irvan autographed a section of cement in the walk while also setting his handprints and throttle foot in cement. Ironically, Irvan wore the same shoe he was wearing when he crashed at Michigan Speedway in August, effectively ending his career. Prior to his break into NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing, Irvan made his living welding seats at LMS(NOL)(10-7-1999)

  • Ernie to be Inducted today: Ernie Irvan was named to the Lowes Motor Speedway's Court of Legends, the track's Hall of Fame. With his induction, Irvan becomes just the 17th driver to be honored in the Court of Legends in the track's 40-year history. The ceromony will take place on Oct 6th(NOL)(9-21-1999)

  • Ernie to Bike? Pedal power will replace horsepower as more than 1,500 bicyclists converge on Lowe's Motor Speedway as part of UAW-GM Quality 500 Week activities on Friday, Oct. 8. The speedway will serve as an overnight host for cyclists participating in the Cycle North Carolina event, which is sanctioned by North Carolina Amateur Sports. Participating in this statewide bicycle tour, the cyclists will arrive at the speedway after 11 a.m. on Friday and watch second-round NASCAR Busch Series qualifying and final practice for the All Pro Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts 300. Following NASCAR's on-track activities, at approximately 3:30 p.m. the 1.5-mile superspeedway will be open for cyclists to take a lap or two. The group will spend the night in the speedway's Morehead Farms Campground and depart early Saturday morning. Lowe's Motor Speedway President H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, an avid cyclist, plans to join the group for a lap around the speedway. Wheeler has invited retired NASCAR Winston Cup driver Ernie Irvan to join the trackside ride(Lowes Motor Speedway Site)(10-2-1999)

  • #58 News: Car owner Scott Barbour will announce a sponsor for 2000 next week and will retain Hut Stricklin as driver of his #58 Ford. The sponsor could be Federated Auto Parts, whose colors have been on the car in selected recent races(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton), no idea what this means for Irvan-Simo and their sponsor hunt(10-2-1999)

  • Schrader Official: MB2 Motorsports confirmed Thursday that Ken Schrader is leaving Andy Petree Motorsports at the end of the season and will drive its #36 M&M's Pontiacs in 2000. The news follows Ernie Irvan's recent retirement announcement after a crash at Michigan Speedway last month. There exists the possibility Schrader will leave Petree's team prior to the end of the season to get a jump on next season. Jerry Nadeau, already committed elsewhere for 2000, is driving the car this weekend at New Hampshire(TNN Site) AND NOL has a similar story: Schrader deal with M&M's car announced(9-16-1999)

  • Hey! some #36 news: Jerry Nadeau will continue to drive the #36 M&M's Pontiac on a race-by-race basis. Nadeau had filled in the last two races for injured Ernie Irvan, who yesterday announced his retirement(Tennessean)(9-4-1999)

  • Crispy Returns: I hear that it was announced on QVC that the #36 Crispy Pontiac would run again at Talladega in October(9-2-1999) this has been confirmed, since it was a restrictor plate car at Daytona, it makes sense

  • #58 Sponsor UPDATE: Federated Auto Parts will sponsor the #58 SBIII Motorsports Ford and driver Hut Stricklin at Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover and Martinsville(SBIII Motorsports' PR). Federated Auto Parts sponsors Boris Said's #44 Craftsman Truck owned by Irvan-Simo Racing and have been involved in other Winston Cup races as recently as Watkins Glen, where Boris was on the outside pole. Irvan-Simo's nxt Cup race scheduled is NHIS, no idea if Federated Auto Parts will still be aboard or not, the PR didn't say(9-9-1999) -- UPDATE: I have been informed that Federated Auto Parts will be on the Irvan-Simo Ford for any races they run the rest of 1999, as for 2000?????(10-1-1999)

  • Buckshot and Irvan: Buckshot Jones, who started the 1999 season running for the Winston Cup rookie of the year title, will return to the series next month to run a one-race deal with Irvan-Simo Motorsports and the #14 Ford in the Oct. 10 UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway(That's Racin') NOTE: Federated Auto Parts remains Irvan-Simo's sponsor for the 1999 races the team will run in(9-25-1999)

  • Irvan Announcement UPDATE: There is an Ernie Irvan Press Conference Set for Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 3pm/et. With Irvan and Lowe’s Motor Speedway President H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler. An announcement regarding Ernie Irvan and other news-related items for the upcoming UAW-GM Quality 500 Week activities. Maybe the Millenium car??(9-20-1999) -- UPDATE: Irvan was named to the Lowes Motor Speedway's Court of Legends, the track's Hall of Fame. With his induction, Irvan becomes just the 17th driver to be honored in the Court of Legends in the track's 40-year history. The ceromony will take place on Oct 6th(NOL)(9-21-1999)

  • Commentary about Ernie: Fan reaction to criticism of retired racer Ernie Irvan continues to be mixed. Some fans feel the criticism was too harsh. They claim to have had nothing but pleasant encounters with Irvan. Many others, however, have passed along less-pleasant experiences and incidents that left them soured over Ernie. I'd venture to say that the many in the motorsports media considered Irvan difficult, at best. Even Irvan admitted he "hasn't been too good to the press." That was an understatement. Ernie was always his own worst enemy. He made a courageous comeback but still seemed to be bogged down with his former sour disposition. Most NASCAR drivers are a pleasure to deal with. Irvan was not. Why try to hide it?(from The Tennessean by Larry Woody)(NOTE: I am not saying I agree with thias, just letting folks know what is being written, it's obvious MR Woody and Ernie did not get along)(9-27-1999)

  • Nadeau Wrecks: Jerry Nadeau crashed the #36 M&M's Pontiac during Happy Hour practice and instead of starting 2nd he will go to a backup car and fall to the back of the field just before the green flag.....!!! Ernie did the basic same thing in June, was to start up front and crashed in Happy Hour and the car was not the same at all, let's hope the team fares better today(9-26-1999)

  • Ernie on TNN: It was great to hear Ernie on the TNN broadcast of the Loudon race. Ernie did mention that he hopes to have his Irvan-Simo Cup team run 12-14 races in 2000. Looking for a sponsor and a driver.(9-19-1999)

  • Ernie story: talks about his plans as a Cup owner including - "Right now what we're looking for next year is to put things together to run a 12-14 race Winston Cup schedule. We're not trying to do a lot of races, because it's so late in the year".(PitNow)(9-17-1999)

  • Irvan-Simo at NHIS: the #14 Irvan-Simo Motorsports Ford will attempt to make the Cup race at Loudon, NH with Randy LaJoie behind the wheel. From what I hear, Federated Auto PArts will NOT be on the car, we'll see(9-16-1999)

  • Ernie Visits: Ernie Irvan visited his former team this weekend, hanging out in the team's transporter and chatting with replacement driver Jerry Nadeau. In his first week of retirement it's been business as usual -- lots of interviews and media appearances(Times-Dispatch) He was also interviewed during qualifying on Friday by ESPN2 after helping push the car out to pit road(9-12-1999)

  • Schrader to the #36: Ken Schrader will take over the driving duties next season for the #36 Pontiacs owned by MBII Motorsports, The Charlotte Observer has learned. An official announcement of Schrader's move is expected at New Hampshire International Speedway next weekend, sources said. Schrader has driven for car owner Andy Petree since 1997. In two-plus seasons, he has five top-five and 20 top-10 finishes and five poles. Schrader and Petree announced an agreement with a new sponsor, Oakwood Homes, in May for Schrader's #33 Chevrolets. However, according to sources, the company's financial stability has declined recently and its future in the sport is in doubt(That's Racin')(9-10-1999)

  • Boris Said didn't qualify his #44 Federated Auto Parts Ford for Thursday night's race at Richmond, but he ran it anyway and finished 17th. Phil Bonifield took the last truck owner's provisional but the engine on his Red Line Oil Chevrolet was broken after Bud Pole Qualifying. Lacking a replacement, Bonifield "bought" the 44 truck and renumbered it 23. He was not comfortable with the ride in Happy Hour and opted to let Said start the vehicle and run the entire race.(NOL)(9-10-1999)

  • Ernie was scheduled to drive the #44 Federated Auto Parts Truck at Richmond International Raceway on September 9th, until his retirement, I assume Boris Said will drive the truck, but I have not heard...see above news

  • SpeedVision Expert: ERNIE'S EXIT: I do not know Ernie Irvan well, and he has not been a personal favorite, but his retirement press conference was one of the most emotional such sessions I've attended. No one wants to quit because of circumstances beyond their control, and clearly the magnitude of the moment got to him and his wife several times, the first when Irvan was thanking his parents for having faith in his ability. Irvan went out with class and undeniable sincerity. I hope he can build the Winston Cup team he owns with Mark Simo - the Simo brothers (Brian is the Trans Am points leader), who founded the No Fear line of clothing, are good people - into a full-time project, because the sport is better off with Ernie Irvan around(Steve Smith of SpeedVision)(9-9-1999)

  • Irvan-Simo at Richmond: Ernie was scheduled to drive the #44 Federated Auto Parts Ford at Richmond in the CTS event Thursday. I hear the truck will still run with Boris Said handling the driving duties. Irvan.com reports that Ernie will make an appearance at Richmond(9-7-1999)

  • Nadeau: Jerry Nadeau, the man who took over Ernie Irvan's ride after a hard crash at Michigan two weeks, got the worst of it yesterday when his tire blew, sending him into the second turn wall and destroying his car. Nadeau was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was reported alert but kept overnight for observation. "He's all right," crew chief Ryan Pemberton said. "They just took him to the hospital to check him out. A few laps earlier they all checked up in front of him, and he said, 'I think I've flat-spotted my tires.' I told him, 'Be nice and smooth, because you've got some more laps to run.' He didn't say anything more, and his lap times stayed up. Then when he went into the corner, it just went straight into the wall." Goodyear issued a statement saying that the earlier damage to Nadeau's tires apparently led to the blowout. Goodyear officials have been more sensitive than usual the last few weeks to tire questions(PitNow)(9-6-1999)

  • Nadeau: per Bob Jenkins on the ESPN race coverage, Jerry Nadeau was airlifted to Carolina Medical Center in Florence, SC, said their was nothing serious but that they will keep Nadeau overnight for observation(9-5-1999)

  • Dallenbach Update: Wally Dallenbach met again with owner Cal Wells last week. Wells and sponsor Procter & Gamble(Tide) are meeting Monday to decide whether to hire Dallenbach or Al Unser Jr. to drive for the team next season. Meanwhile, Dallenbach has been approached by representatives of Robert Yates and by the Read Morton team left without a driver by Ernie Irvan’s sudden retirement(Times-Dispatch) and More and more, it looks as though Cal Wells plans to place Al Unser Jr. in the Tide-sponsored Ford he will debut on the Winston Cup Series next year. Jerry Nadeau, currently in the #36 M&M's ride, will drive at Hendrick Motorsports(#25) next year, replacing Wally Dallenbach Jr. Dallenbach is also looking for a ride, and he could immediately fill the Irvan vacancy with Nadeau finishing up the year in the #25. Such a move is being considered, according to sources at both teams(SpeedNet/Monte Dutton)(9-4-1999)

  • Ernie News: During the Ricky Craven chat at the Ricky Craven Fans Site the question was asked: Has anyone from MWT talked to Ernie Irvan? How is he doing? Craven's response: I saw Ernie when I dropped my daughter off at school yesterday morning, he was looking good. That's a big relief for all of us(9-2-1999)

  • Nadeau Back: Jerry Nadeau will sub for Ernie at Darlington as Irvan continues his recovery(Irvan.com)(9-1-1999)

  • Ernie at Darlington? Bill Weber mentioned during ESPN's NASCAR2Day that a decision on who will drive the #36 M&M's car will be made Tursday and Wednesday. Ir Ernie is not ready, Jerry Nadeau will run the car again(8-29-1999)

  • Ernie's Contract Update: MB2 Motorsports announced Tuesday that it has exercised its contract option with driver Ernie Irvan, and the team is set to enter the 2000 season, marking the third year of competition with Irvan(Irvan Fan Club Site)(7-8-1999) --Not applicable any longer as Ernie has retired(9-6-1999)

  • Can You Believe? It has been 54 races since Ernie finished in the top five? It was at Talladega on Oct 12, 1997 in the 10th Anniversary #28 Texaco Ford(8-15-1999), so I saw Ernie's last Top five in his Cup career(9-6-1999)

  • Ernie goes home UPDATE Nadeau to drive: Ernie Irvan was released from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on Monday, three days after sustaining a bruised lung and a mild head injury in a crash at Michigan Speedway(WRAL/AP), no word on his status for Bristol. If Ernie can't go, Jerry Nadeau is now available and has Hendrick ties -- UPDATE: Winston Cup Today Radio reports that Irvan will probably sit out at least the Bristol race and possibly be out longer. They report that speculation has Jerry Nadeau in the #36 M&M's Pontiac while Ernie recovers(and I was just guessing outloud earlier)(8-23-1999) -- UPDATE 2: MB2 Motorsports has hired Jerry Nadeau to drive the #36 M&M's Pontiac this weekend at Bristol in place of regular driver Ernie Irvan. Irvan was injured in an accident last Friday in BGN practice at Michigan. Both Nadeau and MB2 crew chief Ryan Pemberton confirmed Tuesday that Nadeau will stay with the team until Irvan is able to return from the injuries he suffered, which included a minor head injury and bruised lung(NOL)(8-24-1999)

  • Annoucement? Saw this on the Action page(thanks Tina), wonder if it's the announcement of the Millenium car for 2000(see Paint Scheme news below)? - THE RACE IS ON TO THE MILLENNIUM COUNTDOWN, NASCAR Driver Ernie Irvan and the M&M's Spokescharacters will be at a press conference and "M&M's" ice cream buffet hosted by Action Performance Companies, "M&M's" Chocolate Candies and MB2 Motorsports. To celebrate the beginning of the Countdown to the new Millennium. The 'event' will take place Saturday, August 28th from 4:15-5:15pm in the Bristol Motor Speedway Media Center. See the release at: Action Performance Site, no word on if this will still happen, too early to know(8-23-1999) -- UPDATE 3: I hear this Press Conference has been cancelled(8-24-1999)

  • From NOL Chat with Bob Jenkins when asked about Ernie Irvan's condition: "That's a very good question. We know Ernie is well enough to leave the hospital. Physically, Ernie is OK. The question has to be asked, how many hard knocks on the head can Ernie take? Secondly, he has stated in private that there are things more important to him in life now. He knows how close he was to death in 1994. And now a horrible memory as close to that in 1999. Physically, he would be able to race at Bristol. Although, Bristol is physically demanding."(NOL Chat)(8-23-1999)

  • Ernie Update: During ESPN2's Cup qualifying, Dr Jerry Punch gave a report on Ernie, said he has a bruised lung, mild head injury(cut lip and a cut above an eye) and will require no sugery. He is in fair condition at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in nearby Ypsilanti, MI(8-20-1999) -- UPDATE: An updated report on Ernie Irvan's condition was issued Saturday morning. Irvan was flown to hospital in Ann Arbor after crashing during a practice session Friday morning. As of Saturday his condition had been upgraded from "fair" to "good." He will remain in hospital over Saturday night for more scheduled tests(goRacing)(8-21-1999) -- UPDATE 2: mentioned during Happy Hour practice that Irvan is alert and doing well, will probably be released Sunday, but will NOT race in the Pepsi 400 at Michigan. MRO's Max Helton spent the day with Irvan and said Irvan "was doing just fine"(ESPN2)) -- UPDATE 3: before the race Dr Jerry Punch said he talked to Irvan, who thanked the fans for their support. Also Irvan will be held one more day at the hospital until Monday. No word on Irvan's status for Bristol(8-22-1999)

  • #36 - Blaney/Grissom/Trickle: The #36 car approached Bill Davis about putting BGN Pole Sitter Dave Blaney in the #36 M&M Pontiac but doing so would have jeopardized his rookies status for 2000 and the team is contracted to run five Cup races in the #93 Amoco Pontiac, so Davis declined(RPM2Nite). Also the #26 team asked Steve Grissom about driving this weekend but Grissom's height kept him from doing it. They were going to have to change the seat and only had a couple of hours to get someone in to practice. To do that and change the seat too was going to take too much time, so they went to Dick Trickle, who practiced well and qualified the car 15th. The crowd delivered a huge roar when Trickle qualified 15th after just eight laps of practice(8-21-1999)

  • Ernie in a wreck UPDATE: Ernie crashed during BGN practice this morning, hit the drivers side pretty hard from what my sources at the track tell me. Took the EMS almost 30 minutes to extract him. No word on any injuries. Needless to say Ernie will not race in the BGN race as the car os pretty much gone, let's hope he is OK.....just in, Ernie was airlifted to the hospital, is conscious now and has all of his feeling, etc. - but they aren't taking any chances -- UPDATE: from the AP - Ernie Irvan crashed this morning during practice for the BGN NAPA 200 at Michigan Speedway in his #84 Federated Auto Parts Pontiac. He was airlifted to a hospital, but Jay Frye, the general manager of Irvan's Winston Cup team, said that trip was more a precaution than a necessity. "We believe he's going to be just fine," Frye said. Rescuers had to cut off the top of his car to get Irvan out after the vehicle slammed into the wall near turn 4. No idea whether another car hit Irvan's or if he simply lost control of it. As he was removed from the car, Irvan picked his arm up in what looked like a wave. He was reportedly conscious and talking. Irvan was nearly killed in a crash at the same speedway exactly five years ago to the day. Frye said Irvan would not race this weekend. He said that because of the seriousness of his earlier acident, the team does not want to take chances this time.(WRAL/AP) also a story on NOL) Dick Trickle is running the #36 in practice which is scheduled to go out 10th in qualifying. Irvan was airlifted to St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in nearby Ypsilanti, Mich., where he's been listed in fair condition. Irvan is alert, orientated and able to move his arms and legs. The hospital is prepared to admit him for further testing.(8-20-1999)

  • Match Race UPDATE: The Wendy's Summer Shootout Series concludes Tuesday, Aug. 17, with a NASCAR match race between Ernie Irvan and Boris Said, Legends Car and Bandolero racing, school bus racing (featuring Jimmy Spencer as driver) and as always, the crazy antics of Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot(Lowes Motor Speedway site)(8-15-1999) -- UPDATE: In the NASCAR match race, Ernie Irvan defeated Boris Said in convertible Winston Cup cars on the speedway's ¼-mile frontstretch oval(LMS Site)(8-20-1999)

  • Ernie BGN at Michigan: Ernie will drive the #84 Federated Parts Pontiac(not the #14) at the Michigan BGN event(www.irvan.com)(8-18-1999)

  • Ernie Grumpy: Boris Said, who drives Ernie Irvan's cars, had a good weekend, but the boss didn't. Irvan qualified poorly, spun into a sand pit on the backstretch, then lost his engine. Once one of the tour's top road racers, Irvan was in a grumpy mood worried that his engine didn't have enough punch off the corners. "How can I figure out if it's me or the car?" Irvan asked(PitNow)(8-17-1999)

  • Some Boris comments from NOL: "If I've got any fans out there, go to a Federated Auto Parts store next week and buy some parts and help us out," he said, also revealing his short term plans. "Yeah, I'm going to Michigan -- I'm Ernie's (team owner Irvan) spiritual adviser for the Busch car. So I gotta go out there, light incense and chant and stuff."(NOL)(8-16-1999)

    Match Race: The Wendy's Summer Shootout Series concludes Tuesday, Aug. 17, with a NASCAR match race between Ernie Irvan and Boris Said, Legends Car and Bandolero racing, school bus racing (featuring Jimmy Spencer as driver) and as always, the crazy antics of Lug Nut, the world's fastest mascot(Lowes Motor Speedway site)(8-15-1999)

  • NOL Quotes: by Ernie - Ernie Irvan, driver of the M&M's Pontiac, knows what it's like to win at Watkins Glen. He victory in 1991 and three top-5s at Watkins Glen give him plenty of experience going into Sunday's race. After the Brickyard 400, Irvan is over the $1 million mark for the fourth consecutive year. Irvan is looking forward to a good run at Watkins Glen. "It will be interesting to see how the cars react to the change at Watkins Glen," Irvan said. "Having concrete in the corners and asphalt everywhere else will play a big part in the handling of the "M&M's" Pontiac, as well as tire wear. A handful of cars tested there recently, but the majority of us will have a little adjusting to do when we go through the concrete corners for the first time. The M&M's racing team didn't have a great experience at our first road course of the year (Sears Point), so we are looking to redeem ourselves this weekend at Watkins Glen."(NOL)(8-13-1999)

  • First Entry: Ernie was the first entry received for the upcoming Frontier @ The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Watkins Glen. Irvan, winner of the 1991 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at Watkins Glen, will try to capture the Reisbeck Cup again by driving the No. 36 M&M's Pontiac to a victory at The Glen on August 15th. "I haven't tested at Watkins Glen since they have made some adjustments to the turns, but as always I'm looking forward to racing at Watkins Glen. The M&M's Team got a top 10 last year at the track and Watkins Glen is a place where I've been pretty consistent over the years. It's really a fun track to race on and I'm anxious to see how the M&M's Pontiac performs on the new(Watkins Glen PR)(8-3-1999)

    from iRace: Ernie Irvan has come mighty close to winning the Brickyard 400 twice. He battled Jeff Gordon for the lead in the closing laps of the 1994 inaugural when one of his tires cut. In 1996 Dale Jarrett, then Irvan's teammate at Robert Yates Racing, got the better of him in the final laps. Still, Irvan can make Indy history on Aug. 5 in qualifying. Irvan enters the competition boasting back-to-back Brickyard 400 poles, tying him in that category with Gordon, who won the pole in 1995-96 at Indy. "I can't say that we are going to put any extra effort into qualifying, because we put a lot of effort into qualifying every week," said Irvan, who wheels the MB2 Pontiac. "Last year when we were testing the M&M's Pontiac for Indy, all we did was test for qualifying runs. It was the same thing this year. All we did was qualifying runs to put us in the position to have a good lap in. "If you can qualify first round, in the top 10, that starting position makes it a little easier for the next 400 miles." As for his close-but-no-cigar finishes in the Brickyard 400, Irvan was philosophical. "I really don't believe that anyone or anything owes me," he said. "We have been in contention to win at least two of those Indy races, and we were competitive in many others, as well. There is no doubt that I would love to win at Indy. The Brickyard would be an awesome start."(SpeedVision or Brickyard 400 site)(8-3-1999)

    NOL Ernie Notes: Ernie Irvan and the M&M's racing team have two top-10 finishes in their last two starts at Pocono Raceway. One month ago Irvan picked up 26 positions en route to an eighth-place finish at the 2.5-mile track. In this same race in 1998 Irvan started 16th and finished ninth. "Pocono is a tricky track to drive, but as of late it seems like I've got a pretty good handle on it," Irvan said. "I've also had some really good cars under me as well. We've finished in the top-10 the last two times we've run here and that just goes to show how competitive the M&M's racing team can be. We are really maturing as a team. We had a great start to the season, then we hit a bit of a slump, but we have recovered nicely and are on our way to a strong second half of the season. We want to continue to run in the top-10 or top-five and we've got to have another good run at Pocono to keep our momentum headed in the right direction."(NOL)(7-23-1999)

    Indy Testing Tuesday: Ernie was 4th fastest on Tuesday, July 20th's testing at Indy with a speed of 177.518mph which ended up being 8th overall for the GM cars. #00-Buckshot Jones was the fastest Tuesday and overall at 178.402mph.(SpeedNet)(7-20-1999)

    Indy Testing: Ernie was 13th fastest of 29 cars at Indy testing for the Brickyard 400 with a speed of 175.569mph. #22-Ward Burton was the fastest at 178.094mph.(SpeedNet)(7-20-1999)

    GM teams will test on July 19-20th at Indy for the Brickyard 400, rain date is July 22nd(7-10-1999)

    About Ernie from the Tennessean: "It's no secret that Ernie Irvan's past relationship with the media, fans, and fellow drivers has been less than smooth. Stories about Irvan being short with the media or hurting fans' feelings are myrid. He has openly feuded with a number of drivers. But recently Irvan appears to have made an effort to change. Perhaps stung by past criticism, he is trying to adjust his attitude. Many of his closer fans and friends insist that there is a nicer side to Ernie that the media often portrays. They feel he doesn't get a fair shake. There is no question that Irvan showed a tremendous amout of will and courage in making his comeback from a near-fatal crash. If he had the determination to do that, he should be able to find the determination to get along with the press and public -- even if he has to grit his teeth to do it." by Larry Woody(7-16-1999)

    Stewart Story: Stewart makes rookie mistakes out of frustration, Incidents with Irvan, media cause NASCAR driver to apologize by Jim Utter. The part about Ernie: The incident with Irvan, Stewart said, resulted from a misunderstanding on his part. After he pitted for gas, Stewart pulled onto the apron of the track in front of Irvan. While picking up speed, Stewart's car got loose and he thought Irvan had hit him. As the race ended, Irvan got close again and Stewart felt another nudge, so he hit Irvan back. After talking to his spotter Monday and looking at the tape, Stewart discovered Irvan was to blame for neither incident. Exiting pit road Stewart ran over debris, and during the second incident Irvan was forced down toward the apron by another driver. Stewart said he planned to call Irvan and apologize. "Ernie has been one of the greatest guys I've met," Stewart said. "I never thought he would ever hit me on purpose, so I didn't understand."(That's Racin')(7-13-1999)

    ?? UPDATE: did I miss something? I have been told that Ernie and Kenny Schrader got together in the accident that caused Schrader to wreck? I do not remember this, I thought it was Irwin, many sources tell me Ernie didn't get together with the #33, but it was the #28(Irwin I think...), didn't think it was Ernie

    Stewart Attacks: Ernie Irvan, who finished 21st, said he has no idea why Tony Stewart twice hit his #36 Pontiac on the cool down lap following Sunday's race. 'I guess he was mad at me or something, I don't know,' Irvan said. 'He hit me in turn two. He hit me in the back and hit me in the right side, so I went ahead and hit him, too. I guess that since he ran out of gas he was mad at me because maybe I didn't get it full. He was probably disgusted.'(That's Racin'), A TNN story added this: Irvan said, "I was disgusted because we ran like total crap, so I wasn't the one to be jacking with at that time. I was trying to pass him towards the end. I don't know if it was for position or not. He bottled me up so much the #21 car got by me, and that's the guy I knew I was racing. Tony's all right. I'd be pretty upset, too. He was going to have his first Winston Cup win, and it didn't happen. It's just part of it."(TNN Site)(7-12-1999)

    Ernie good for 2000+??? UPDATE ?: In an article about a possible MB2 BGN team in 2000, the Winston Cup Scene reports a comment from Jay Frye, GM of the MB2 Motorsports team: that the Winston Cup team with Ernie and M&M's would continue intact next season and "We have a multi-year commitment with Ernie and are very pleased with him. And we hope this is Ernie's last ride of his career. We want him here as long as he wants to continue driving"(WC Scene), note: the www.irvanfanclub.com reports that Ernie re-signed thru 2001(5-20-1999) -- UPDATE: but other sources tell me Ernie has not signed and the contract is up at the end of this year and Ernie is keeping his options open for 2000, not sure what to make of it. Fans who recently met him at a few appearances said he gave every indication he'd be back in 2000 and even said his contract with the MB2 team is thru 2000. Plus I hear he may drive a few of the BGN events for the team, who plans to start a BGN team for 2000(7-7-1999)

    Quote: from Ernie on his Pepsi 400 run - "You've got to finish like we did tonight before you can start improving," Irvan said. "We had a decent run. We showed we can run with them, but we weren't handling well enough to be up in the front."(Speed Magazine)(7-5-1999)

    Watsonville Pictures: see images of Ernie and his Dad, Vic at the Watsonville Speedway match race between the two Irvan's, Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader and Geoffrey Bodine at Watsonville Speedway Site. Here is a breakdown of the race by webmaster Shayne Barr who was there: "They had two 12 lap races in Grand American Modifieds, Ernie finished 3rd in both races. Ken Schrader won both of them and Geoffrey Bodine and Kenny Wallace swapped 2nd and 4th. Watsonville Hall of Famer Vic Irvan finished 5th in both races but looked racey(6-29-1999)

    Gilligan's Island: is the nickname for the final nine pit stalls, which are marooned in the center of Turn 11. Teams cannot get back across the track from the location. If a driver crashes, his car has to be repaired there. If a driver falls out, his team must stay until the race is over(Times-Dispatch), also hear drivers are held 20 seconds to 'even' things out. Ernie will get to pit there on Sunday(6-27-1999)

    Watsonville Race: From the KSBW channel 8 eleven PM news on Friday: Salinas native and NASCAR driver Ernie Irvan made a pit stop on the central coast tonight. Returning to Watsonville Speedway where he started racing. Ernie took time out from the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit while it's in the San Francisco Bay area. Ernie returned to the central coast to meet his fans and sign autographs. Ernie said, "It feels real good, anytime you can come back to a place where you used to race. It's a lot of fun." Ernie's Dad Vic is also a legend at the speedway, where he served as Ernie's mentor. "He's learned aggressiveness and he seems to have the one thing I don't, and that's patience." Ernie added, "Dad was a very good racer. He kind of opened a lot of doors for me and that's what really got me going." Ernie is hoping to use his homecoming here at Watsonville Speedway and the local fan support into a big win this weekend at Sears Point. Didn't mention any of the racing action(6-26-1999)

    Ernie to race at the Watsonville Speedway, in Watsonville, CA(near the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds) on June 25th, 1999 - 6:30pm/pt. It'll be Ernie Irvan, Kenny Wallace, Geoffrey Bodine and Kenny Schrader racing at Winston Cup Champions Night. For Info/Tickets see the Race of Champions Page at the 92 KSJO Site(6-4-1999)

    Racing with Dad? Ernie Irvan will sign autographs at the Save Mart Supermarket in Modesto, Calif., on Thursday, June 24, from 5 - 7 p.m. on behalf of his sponsor, "M&M's"® Chocolate Candies. Irvan will also make an appearance at Watsonville (Calif.) Speedway on Friday, June 25, when he suits up to run a match race against his father Vic(www.irvanfanclub.com)(6-23-1999)

    Had to love this: When Ernie Irvan in the Pedigree car and Ward Burton in the #22 Caterpillar Pontiac car were contesting second place, were they fighting like CATs and dogs? Pretty funny(RaceComm)(6-17-1999)

    Did ya know? The pup promoting Pedigree dog food on Ernie Irvan’s #36 at Michigan is Ernie’s own Rider. “Personal” appearances by Rider were part of the promotion(Racer Magazine) It was mentioned on the CBS broadcast also(6-16-1999)

    Disappointed: from NOL - Ernie Irvan was also disappointed. He started the No. 36 M&Ms Pontiac on the outside of the front row, but finished 7th. It tied his second best finish of the year (his best was a sixth-place at Las Vegas), but he expected more. "We just survived and had a decent run," he said. "We're not satisfied with it."(6-14-1999)

    Ernie Quotes: "This is definitely better than what we've been doing. The car was real good. We sat on the pole here last time and we came back with the same stuff. Right now we need to build on runs like this. You never have enough momentum. This is the same team I was with last year. We were right at the brink of being in the top-10 in points. I ended up getting hurt. We've got all the same people, it's just a matter of putting it all together. This is the same Grand Prix we won the pole with here last year. Right now there's no way anybody knows if it's going to be a fuel mileage race or just a flat-out, the-fastest-car- is-going-to-win-type race. It's going to take pit strategy, too, everything it takes to win a Winston Cup race. Normally, here at Michigan, it can come down to fuel mileage. Each year you come here you've got to make sure you get good fuel mileage. You've got to be prepared for it." "Right now, you've got to be able to run as fast as you can throughout the whole race. Obviously, when you're in the lead, you may use a little more fuel than some guy running right on your bumper and drafting. I don't know everything, but I know everybody is going to try and make their car as fast as they can."(Stock Car Fans)(6-12-1999)

    Paint Scheme and helping... Ernie will team up with associate sponsor Pedigree Food for Dogs, to encourage greyhound dog adoptions in Michigan. Irvan will accept the challenge to help greyhound dogs during a Detroit area appearance with Second Chance for Greyhounds, a Michigan adoption organization. In recognition of Irvan's effort in Sunday's Kmart 400 at Michigan Speedway, the Pedigree brand will make a donation to the local adoption group to help find caring homes for former fast-track greyhound dogs. Irvan, who won the Michigan event in 1997 and earned a Bud Pole last year, along with his dog Ryder, a yellow lab, will co-host this event, greeting greyhounds from the adoption group. Second Chance For Greyhounds is a non-profit volunteer organization that has placed hundreds of retired racing dogs in Michigan. The Greyhound Protection League and the ASPCA have cited the organization for its high-quality adoption program. During the Kmart 400, Irvan will sport the blue & yellow Pedigree Food for Dogs logo. The temporary re-design will call attention to Irvan's crusade to help find homes for retired greyhound racing dogs. M&M/Mars, the manufacturer of M&M's, is a sister company to Kal Kan Foods Inc, manufacturer of Pedigree Food for Dogs. Irvan, Pedigree team up to help greyhounds(NOL)(6-9-1999)

    Dover: I went to the MBNA 400 at Dover and while I was disappointed in Ernie's run there, I was happy and surprised to see two things: 1) the nice applause Ernie got when announced 2) Ernie's souvenir trailer was the most crowded and active(along with Stewarts, Gordon's and Earnhardts)(6-6-1999)

    Ernie Paint Scheme: It's official, per the RCCA magazine, Ernie will run the Pedigree paint scheme at Michigan on June 13th. Many readers sent in an image of the scheme from the magazine, see it on the Paint Scheme Gallery(it's different than what is shown below)(5-12-1999)

    M&M Mars Visit: "M&M's"® Chocolate Candies is headquartered in Hackettstown, N.J., less than two hours away from Pocono Raceway. Driver Ernie Irvan and the "M&M's"® Racing Team are slated to visit Hackettstown on Thursday, June 17, to sign autographs for employees(Irvan Fan Club Site) Jayski Note: I used to live directly accross the street from this plant, used to smell great all the time. I went to Pocono a few times from there, it's just a tad over an hour drive in some very sceneic areas(6-17-1999)

    Happy Hour News: Ernie crashed the #36 M&M's Pontiac hard but fortunately wasn't injured. The team did have to unload the back up car so he will be starting 43rd, Ernie was able to run around 12 laps in the backup(6-5-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Also see the That's Racin' story - Crash in practice moves Irvan to back of field(That's Racin')(6-6-1999)

    Notes about Dover: from Ernie at NASCAR Winston Cup Series Thursday notebook - NOL(6-4-1999)

  • Paint Scheme? UPDATE 4: Had a few readers email me saying they heard there was going to be a Crispy M&M's paint scheme at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona this year, but sources tell me that they had heard nothing of any special paint schemes for 1999 and that M&M Mars and the team really wanted to focus on the M&M's car and get rid of the confusion about switching from Skittles to M&M's(3-19-1999) -- UPDATE 1: Hmm....hearing now that there WILL be a Crispy M&M's Pontiac Schemes at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona, they didn't announce it on QVC but alluded and hinted to some sort of paint scheme but never announced it or discussed it with Ernie.(3-25-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Once again I hear that Ernie will have a crispy M&M's paint scheme at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona on July 3rd and a new one, I hear the team may run a Pedigree Dog(an associate sponsor) food paint scheme sometime in 1999(maybe the Winston??)(4-5-1999) -- UPDATE 3: a reader who drew up his version of the Crispy M&M's car and showed Ernie the drawing in Las Vegas at an appearance at the M&M store and Ernie showed it to a representative who said it was close but wouldn't elaborate, check it out at below. Remember this is UNOFFICIAL!!(4-6-1999) -- UPDATE 4: Did a search on Irvan on a few collectible sites and they now list a #36 Crispy M&M's Diecast available in August and a #36 Pedigree Diecast available in July, could be the RUMORED paint schemes(4-15-1999)

    Double: Ernie attempt to make both races at Dover this weekend. He is, of course, in the #36 M&M's Pontiac for the Cup deal and the #14 Federated Auto Parts Pontiac for the BGN event(6-4-1999) -- Ernie made both races and will be in the #14 at Dover in the BGN race(6-5-1999)

    Ernie's Comments on The Winston: “Our Pontiac was running pretty decent. I was just trying to bide some time. I got up on the outside and evidently something happened to the 18. He was coming backwards real quick and then all heck broke loose. It was just a bad deal.”(RaceWire)(5-25-1999)

    Ernie Double Duty: Ernie will make his 1999 BGN debut in the #14 Federated Auto Parts Pontiac at Richmond as well as run the Cup race in the M&M's Pontiac(5-10-1999)

  • Ernie Paint UPDATE 2: Hearing Ernie may run up to four different M&M's/M&M Mars Paint schemes in 1999. Have already heard he probably run a Crispy M&M's scheme at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona and maybe a Pedigree Paint scheme at the Winston. None of this is confirmed of course, but have seen diecast sights with the Crispy and Pedigree schemes available(4-30-1999) -- UPDATE 1: the latest EI fanclub newsletter, says Ernie will run two paint schemes, but didn't say what the schemes are. As noted here in the past, a few diecast sites are already listing the Pedigree and Crispy M&M's schemes and I have images or the Pedigree car and the possible Crispy M&M's car(5-10-1999)

    Lowes Testing: Ernie tested the #36 M&M's Pontiac at Lowes Motor Speedway on Thursday and was 22nd fastest of 41 cars with a speed of 177.270mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr was fastest at 181.470mphThat's Racin' - Speeds(5-7-1999)

    Speed Mag Article about Ernie: Irvan now feels the heat by Godwin Kelly (from May 2nd, but found it interesting), one highlight: None of the primary players at MB2 is in danger of finding a pink slip in their pay envelope next week from owners Nelson Bowers, Tom Beard and C. Read Morton, but the sticky question of "Why aren't we more competitive?" has popped up(5-7-1999)

    Ernie and Ryan: Ernie Irvan, Ryan Pemberton and Kevin Hamlin met with the press on the weekly Winston Cup Media Teleconference. You can listen to what they had to say using this Real Audio Clip(must have Real Audio)(4-28-1999)

    Ernie in NOL chat: Ernie joined race fans in NOL chat Tuesday. No Q&A about paint schemes(I sent one), one Q&A was about the Irvan-Simo 2000 plans and if Ernie would drive. Ernie basically said they didn't know if they'd be ready for full time in 2000 and sort of skirted around the driver part but seemed like if it happened it wouldn't be in 2000 for him as a driver. See the transcript at Ernie Irvan - Chat Transcript(4-27-1999)

    Ernie's Quotes from Talladega: “As far as what I could see, I really couldn’t see anything. I know the 24 and the 2 were sideways in the infield. They came back in front of me and I was hoping I was going to get by them, but I didn’t. It was real early in the race and I was just riding around. I know, because I’ve been in so many restrictor plate races, that right now isn’t the time to be doing anything daring. I was just trying to bide my time. Obviously, when a wreck happens here it collects a lot of folks. How the wreck happened who knows? Everybody has their own speculation.”(RaceWire)(4-26-1999)

    From the AutoChannel: Ernie Irvan Notes and Quotes from Talladega, Some highlights - Talladega Superspeedway has been a friend to Ernie Irvan, driver of the "M&M’s" Pontiac. Irvan has been the fastest qualifier on five occasions at the 2.66-mile track, which places him third on the Talladega Superspeedway all-time list of fastest qualifiers. If he wins the pole this weekend in the "M&M’s" Pontiac, he will tie Cale Yarborough for second place on the list. Many other stats...(4-23-1999)

    Richmond Testing: Ernie tested at Richmond on the April 19th and 20th and was fastest on Monday with a speed of 125.815mph. Jeff Gordon holds the track record with a speed of 125.585mph he ran last June.(Times-Dispatch)(4-20-1999)

    MB2 Images at Photos from Ernie Irvan's #36 Race Shop, Photos from Ernie Irvan's #36 Race Shop/Rockingham Backup and Photos from Ernie Irvan's #36 Race Shop/Vegas Car from the Threadgills(4-5-1999)

    Ernie Quotes from Martinsville: "We were good early, but the wheels started to chatter and we were having trouble in the corners. Then we got caught up in a wreck with (Geoffrey) Bodine, and we went a lap down. It was a long day, but we're already looking ahead to Talladega now."(TNN)(4-20-1999)

    Talladega Testing: Ernie was 12th fastest on the 2nd testing day at Talladega. He ran a 193.349mph in the #36a and was 32nd in the #36 at 190.283mph(SpeedNet)(4-15-1999)

    Ernie 8th: In the first day of Talladega testing, Ernie was 8th fastest of 27 cars with a speed of 193.913mph, fastest was Sterling Marlin at 196.709mph(SpeedNet)(4-14-1999)

    Ernie pentalized: According to a NASCAR statement, Irvan's team was penalized for using "unapproved tires" during morning practice. The penalty was related to an series mandate that allows each team four sets of tires for the weekend. They must qualify on new or "sticker" tires. Irvan was parked for about the last 30 minutes of practice, in which he ended up third quickest. He then was made to qualify first, five spots before his drawn spot, and one of his qualifying laps was denied. Irvan, who was 7th-fastest in final practice, qualified 11th with a lap of 93.006 mph, but was crippled by the fact that most drivers went about two-tenths quicker on their second lap, which would conceivably have moved Irvan into the top-4(NOL)(4-17-1999)

    Yes Johnny: Irvan's team has reached back into the past to provide a little extra inspiration for the driver when he climbs behind the wheel of the #44 Federated Auto Parts Ford. One of the few remaining "Yes, Johnny" decals that were produced following Irvan's near-fatal accident at Michigan Speedway in August 1994 has been stuck on the dashboard for good luck(NOL)(4-17-1999)

    Ernie at Martinsville: Ernie will be making his 300th career Winston Cup start; one of the top 50 drivers in NASCAR history and has 15 career wins and 22 poles to his credit; also has 68 top-fives and 121 top-10s; finished eighth and ninth here last year and won the fall race in 1993; currently 20th on the all-time victory list in the modern era(icFlorida), good week to get ot going forward again and remember Ernie sat on the poll in the 2nd 1998 Martinsville race!(4-14-1999)

    Irvan-Simo PR: Irvan Looking to Improve Truck Series Record at Martinsville: The last time Ernie Irvan sat behind the wheel of a Federated Auto Parts Ford F-Series race truck at Martinsville Speedway, he qualified on the outside of the front row and finished second to Rich Bickle in the race. This time, he wants it all. In 1997, Ernie Irvan was in the second Federated Auto Parts truck prepared by the team he co-owns with NO FEAR founder Mark Simo. Jerry Baxter the team’s current crew chief served as the "B-team" crew chief for those races, and oversaw preparation for the racetruck. "I was working as a fabricator and Jay Smith was the Crew Chief" Baxter remembered. "Whenever we prepared a second truck for Ernie or Mark (Simo), I was the Crew Chief for the B-team. We did pretty good. I had a couple of guys helping me on the deal. We had bragging rights in the shop for a while because we outran Boris in the other truck that race. We had a lot of fun. We just got beat that day. I heard Bickle might be running a Truck at Martinsville. Maybe this time the outcome will be different. We’ll just have to wait and see." Ernie Irvan remembers that race as well. "That deal was a little different," said co-owner/driver Irvan of his last race in a truck at Martinsville. "We were running full time with Boris and from time to time, I’d run a few races here and there. We kind of split up the team to do that deal, so we could get both trucks ready. Jerry was my crew chief for those races. It was just him and a couple of other guys. This time it is going to be different. We’re only taking the one truck to the race. All our efforts are going into this one truck. We’re here to win." The team has also reached back into the past to provide a little extra inspiration for Irvan when he climbs behind the wheel of the #44 Federated Auto Parts Ford. One of the few remaining "Yes, Johnny" decals that was produced following Irvan’s accident in 1994 has been stuck on the dashboard for good luck(Irvan-Simo PR)(4-14-1999)

    Truck Start: Ernie will make one of his three CTS attempts at Martinsville this coming weekend in the #44 Federated Auto Parts Ford

    QVC Show: Watched the QVC NASCAR For Race Fans Only show on Thursday night(3-25) and they had some cool items, stuff sold out quickly. I ordered the two car set gold/yellow M&M's 1:24th scale car. Ernie talked about being a Winston Cup team owner and the costs involved(3-25-1999)

    The old: Irvan/Simo to Cup/BGN UPDATE: Randy LaJoie will debut the #14 Federated Auto Parts Irvan-Simo Ford at Texas on March 28th(if he makes the race of course)(3-22-1999)

    Ernie's Pontiac Notes and what happened: "NASCAR waited too long to throw the red flag. It was wet and I lost it because of that. We run well at Darlington. This is a great team and it's a matter of us qualifying better and putting ourselves in the right position. There's nothing really stopping us from qualifying better except for the driver, so we're going to work on that."(RaceWire)(3-22-1999)

    Ernie's Atlanta Pontiac Quotes: "We kept working on it. I was better on the long runs. The Hendrick motor was real good and everything was there. Right now we just have to find a little more to build on. We raced back on a caution to get our lap back. The car kept getting better each stop. We kept working on it. Right there when we put two tires on, that was the best the car had been all day. I'm not real sure what else we can do. We're going to keep working on it. We're still learning what we need to do with the Pontiac body. We need to get our pit stops faster and we just need to get all our stuff just a little bit better. You can't argue with the Pontiacs' success today. Obviously, the Grand Prix is a good car."(Pontiac Notes/Quotes-Racewire)(3-15-1999)

    Ernie Book Signing News: Ernie Irvan showed up at a book signing Thursday at a Las Vegas bookstore when a pre-med student approached him. She said she couldn't afford the $20 to buy Irvan's book, "No Fear," but asked the NASCAR driver if he could sign her anatomy and physiology book instead. The woman, whose name was not known, told Irvan he had been an inspiration to her because he survived a near-fatal crash in 1994 and somehow made it back to the Winston Cup circuit. He asked her if she would read the book if she had a copy. When she said she would, Irvan took $20 out of his pocket and bought the book for her and signed it(Las Vegas Review Journal - Notes(3-7-1999)

    Ernie's Pontiac Notes from Las Vegas: “We had a good day. Coming off our struggle at Rockingham, well, anytime you can come from the back and go all the way to the front and lead the race, that’s what it’s all about. Pontiac has given us all we need. Now we just need to keep working on it. There were times when it was probably the best car on the race track. There were times where it wasn’t. We just needed to get through the center of the corner a little bit better so when we did pick the throttle up we would be pointed in the right direction. We’re going to work on that. I’m not really sure what we can do to fix it, but we’re sure going to work on it.”(RaceWire)(3-8-1999)

    New PR Manager: Michael Rompf has joined Irvan-Simo Racing as the team's marketing and public relations manager.(WC Scene)(2-27-1999)

    Ernie Relaxing: Several drivers, including Jarrett and Gordon, plan to test this week at Las Vegas for next week's 400. But some drivers are planning to use the rare week off to relax. Ernie Irvan and Jeremy Mayfield, will be riding four-wheelers together through the woods, and Ken Schrader will be riding an off-road bike with car owner Andy Petree.(PitNow)(2-23-1999)

    What Happened to Ernie at the end of the 1999 Daytona 500? “We had a really good Pontiac. It was doing everything it needed to do, and then I got the right-front fender caved in and it didn’t drive very good after that. Chad Little was blocking me down the back straightaway and just ran over the right-front fender. There were a lot of people doing a lot of banging out there. That’s just part of it. It’s the nature of the beast. We kind of knew what our problem was Thursday. This team has always had a good restrictor plate program with Hendrick Motors. They just won the race and we can’t complain about that.”(Pontiac Quotes at RaceWire)(2-16-1999)

    Irvan/Marcis Meet: NASCAR called in Dave Marcis and Ernie Irvan on Friday to discuss Marcis' accusations that Irvan nearly caused a big accident during their Twin 125-Mile Qualifying Race. "We met in the trailer, and everything is fine between the two of them," Winston Cup director Gary Nelson said. Marcis, who had angrily accused Irvan of reckless driving Thursday after the race, said he hoped the meeting would do some good. "They know it was a risky move," Marcis said. "Like I told Ernie this morning, I've got nothing against Ernie. I've never had no problems with him. Ernie's not the only guy that done that. Other people done it, and still do it. "Just don't consider that apron back there to be a race track. Cars should not be passing on that apron. Period. Nobody should."(Orlando Sentinel)(2-16-1999)

    Irvan/Marcis?? UPDATE 3: Since we didn't see the race yet, not sure what this is all about, but Dave Marcis is pretty mad at Ernie Irvan. See the icFlorida story at Marcis blames Irvan for qualifying mishap another stort on this at the ESPN site - Marcis takes issue with Irvan and a third article, where Marcis sounds a little milder toward the end of it - Dave Marcis says reckless Ernie Irvan a menace on track(some sources of mine at the track say this was blown out of proportion)(2-12-1999) -- OK, I watched the Twin 125 and I couldn't see what Ernie may have done to upset Dave Marcis, I saw Ernie go into a few three wides, but hey, that's racing.

    Ernie on RPM2Nite: was on 2-10 - Ernie feels the team has all the makings of a top five team and also talked about his #14 Cup car and siad plans are for Texas to be the first race with either Randy LaJoie or Boris Said driving the car.(2-10-1999)

    Ernie Quotes: from the Shootout - "If you get back in one of the rows and that row doesn't go, you're a sitting duck. We were pretty good and Jeff (Gordon) made a couple of good moves and I couldn't follow him. I ended up going back."(Nancy-StockCarFans Newsletter)(2-7-1999)

    Ernie and the Rolex UPDATE: The #6 BMW M3 that Ernie will drive with other teammates at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona qualified 38th with a speed of 109.204mph. The Prototype Technology Group with Mark Simo, Peter Cunningham, Ernie Irvan, Dieter Quester, and Boris Said are running in the GT3 class(WRAL) The race starts at 1pm/et on Saturday 1-30.(1-30-1999) -- not sure what happened as I was on travel all day from Italy, but the #6 BMW went out on lap 247 of 708 with a mechanical problem and Ernie didn't get a chance to wheel the car. The team finished 60th overall and 16th in the GT2 class(1-31-1999)

    Testing Images: Got two Ernie testing images from Daytona. Thanks to SugerFreeRacing for the images, used with permission. See the images in the Jayski Ernie Irvan Archive(1-21-1999)

    ILD Telecommunications announced its CallNCarry Prepaid Phone Card will increase its associate sponsorship of the MD2 #36 M&M's Pontiac and Ernie in 1999(NSSN)(1-8-1999)

    Ernie 14th at DIS - 2nd day: A tad better, Ernie ran 14th fastest of 44 cars in the #36 M&M's Pontiac at Daytona testing. His speed was 190.412mph in 36A which was 14th and he ran 188.103mph in the 36B which was 37th. Fastest was Jeff Gordon at 192.412. See the full rundown at NASCAR Online.(1-20-1999)

    Ernie 15th at DIS - 1st day: Not too shabby, Ernie ran 15th fastest of 47 cars in the #36 M&M's Pontiac at Daytona testing. His speed was 189.115mph in 36A which was 15th and he ran 185.483mph in the 36B which was 39th. Fastest was Jeff Gordon at 191.832(NASCAR Online)(1-19-1999)

    MB2 Second Team NOPE: There is a website and newsgroup post that is reporting that the MB2 Motorsports team would have a second team, but all reports I get from sources and the fanclub say this won't happen in 1999 if at all(12-29-98)

    Ernie tested at Greenville Pickens: Ernie tested within the last few weeks at Greenville-Pickens(SC) in the #36 Pontiac getting ready for the short track season, no speeds mentioned(WC Today Radio)(1-19-1999)

    Irvan-Simo UPDATE 2: The Cup car will be the #84 Federated Auto Parts Ford, The BGN car will be the #14 Federated Parts Chevy(have heard Pontiac too) and the Truck will stay #44 even when Ernie drives it. Ernie will run the Truck at Martinsville(4/17); Richmond(9/9) and California(10/30). Ernie will run the #14 BGN Ford at Richmond(5/14); Dover(6/5) and Michigan(8/21). Said runs the truck races at Portland, Nashville and Heartland(KS) and the Cup car at Sears Point and Watkins Glen. The other driver has not been chosen for the other 6 Cup events(Federated Auto Parts Racing Site)(1-1-1999) -- Per NASCAR Online, the new Stanton Barrett Cup team is #84. I have found out the Irvan-Simo will be #14 in Cup and BGN, the #84 probably was from a Winston West race they ran(1-6-1999) -- I hear Randy LaJoie will drive the #14 Federated Auto Parts Ford in the six oval Cup events(1-18-1999)

    Ernie at Daytona: Ernie and the #6 Prototype Technology BMW Group were third fastest in testing last weekend for the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona. The group that is comprised of Deiter Quester, Ernie, Peter Cunningham, Mark Simo and Boris Said ran a speed of 108.934mph. Fastest was the #07 G&W Motorsports in a Porsche 911 at 109.124(Speed Magazine)(1-13-1999)


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