2001 WINSTON CUP
TEAM/DRIVER CHART
(the silly season chart)

Updated 11-2-2001

TEAM PAGES: I have a links to past news for each ACTIVE team in Cup. Go to the chart below and click on the # (number) of the car, which is a link now. The news is from Nov 1998 to present but plan on slowly going through my archives and adding the info. Also on the drivers looking/new teams rumors, I have added a page for them, just click on their name. Links to the Teams, Drivers and Sponsors are also on the TEAM PAGES

Check out the Team Addresses page

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

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


NEW! Sponsor, Team and Driver Links can be found on the TEAM PAGE for each team, click on the Tean NUMBER to go there

2001 Rookie of the Year Candidates

Kurt Busch, #97
Casey Atwood, #19
Kevin Harvick, #29(was #3)
Ron Hornaday, #14
Andy Houston, ?
Jason Leffler, #01


Cup Drivers without a full time ride/looking in 2001

Loy Allen, Jr
Ed Berrier, in ARCA
Mike Bliss
Geoffrey Bodine, in BGN
Gary Bradberry
Jeff Fuller
Andy Hillenburg
Bobby Hillin
Carl Long
Rick Mast
Jeremy Mayfield
Scott Pruett
Greg Sacks
Kirk Shelmerdine
Morgan Shepherd
Dick Trickle
Kenny Wallace

Teams Looking for Sponsors in 2001/2002

  • Cup Teams Looking for a Primary Sponsor in 2001 or 2002:
    #27 Eel River Racing - Mike Bliss, has sponsor thru 2001 for 15 total races
    #33 Andy Petree Racing - Joe Nemechek, Oakwood Homes is leaving
    #37 Quest Motor Racing - Derrike Cope, no word on this team in a while
    #75 Galaxy Motorsports Ford - no driver, closed up? selling?
    #84 Norm Benning Motorsports - Norm Benning
    #84 Michael Kranefuss - Shawna Robinson
    #85 Mansion Motorsports - Carl Long
    #91 LJ Racing - no driver
    #92 Melling Racing - Stacy Compton, Kodiak is leaving
    #93 Bill Davis Racing - Dave Blaney, Amoco is leaving
    #96 PPI Motorsports - Andy Houston? McDonalds gone?
    #98 MacPherson Motorsports - no driver, closed up?
    Anyone or any company interested in contacting the above teams concerning sponsorship, see my Team Address page for contact information

  • Cup Teams Looking for additional asscoiate sponsors in 2001:
    #5-Hendrick Motorsports - Terry Labonte - decklid area
    #7-Ultra Motorsports - Mike Wallce - lost Phillips as a sponsor, looking for additional help
    #26-Kmart Racing - Jimmy Spencer - for an assoc or partner
    #28-Yates Racing - Ricky Rudd - has spot open on the #28 Ford for an assoc
    #33-Andy Petree Racing - Joe Nemechek - for an assoc/c-pillar open and now a primary for 2002
    #50 Midwest Transit - Rick Mast - another to go along with Blair.com
    #77-Jasper Motorsports - Robert Pressley - for an assoc
    Any teams in the above primary would probably look at an associate to help out too and sure other teams not listed would be willing to listen.
    Anyone or any company interested in contacting the above teams concerning sponsorship, see my Team Address page for contact information


    Full-time Rides by Manufacturer - 45 Full Time Teams

    Chevy - 12 Teams 1,4,5,8,15,24,25,29(was 3),31,33,50,55
    Dodge - 10 Teams - 01,9,19,22,40,43,44,45,92,93
    Ford - 17 Teams - 2,6,7,11,12,17,21,26,28,32,66,77,88,90,96,97,99
    Pontiac - 6 Teams - 10,14,18,20,27,36

    Unassigned Numbers for 2001

    23,35,38,39,42,46,47,53,54,56,58,59,63
    64,67,68,69,70,72,73,74,76,78,79,82,83,86,89,94
    Numbers are owned and assigned by NASCAR, team can request a number

    KEYS

    * after the # means the team is part time
    ? after a subject means rumor/unknown
    ? by itself means unknown
    Red Type means new for the 2001 season(first full season)
    A team in all red means it is a new team for 2001

    2001 WINSTON CUP TEAMS
    Car#

    team links
    Driver Manu Sponsor

    Assoc Sponsors
    Listed Owner Crew Chief Engine
    NOTES.....
    ? ?Jeremy Mayfield ?Dodge ?Dodge Dealers

    UAW, Stihl, Valvoline
    ?Ray Evernham ? Evernham Motorsports
    Mayfield in a third Evernham Dodge for a few races
    01 Jason Leffler
    ROTY
    Dodge Cingular

    Snap-On
    Chip Ganassi
    Felix Sabates
    Matt Chambers Ernie Elliott
    Kevin Cram released as crew chief, Chambers takes over starting at Talladega. Cingular, owned by BellSouth will be featured on the car. Jason Leffler signed a four year deal starting in 2001. Andy Graves is the team manager. Changed from #42 to #01 after Kenny Irwin's death at NHIS. Ganassi buys a majority stake in the team and switch to Dodge. BellSouth is signed thru 2002
    02 Ryan Newman Ford ALLTEL Roger Penske Matt Borland Penske Jasper
    will be a third Penske team in 2001, and run in BGN, ARCA and up to seven Cup evetns, with plans to go full time Cup in 2002
    07 Ted Musgrave Dodge ? Jimmy Smith Yates
    Plans to run at Indy and up to six other races. Musgrave has a contact to only run Dodges, that is one reason the team will run Dodge, plus Smith's CTS team is Dodge
    09* Geoffrey Bodine Ford Smirnoff Ice
    Miccosukee Indian Gaming
    Brett Bodine Donnie Richeson Yates
    ran a one race deal at Bristol Motor Speedway with Smirnoff Ice as the sponsor and with Miccosukee Indian Gaming at Homestead
    1 Steve Park Chevy Pennzoil

    Wrangler, Snap On, Coca-Cola
    Dale Earnhardt Inc Paul Andrews DEI
    Pennzoil and Park just re-upped with DEI with multi-year deals that start in 2001
    2 Rusty Wallace Ford Miller Lite

    Mobil 1, Mead, PPG, Snap On, Mazak,Lennox, Bosch, Hugo BossAmtrak, Utz Quality Foods
    Roger Penske Robin Pemberton Penske Jasper
    Penske and Jasper combine engine companies. Team is with Ford for three more years
    4 Bobby Hamilton Jr
    Rich Bickle
    Chevy Kodak Max

    Forward Air, Dana, CD-2
    Morgan-McClure
    Larry McClure
    Tim Morgan
    Scott Eggleston
    (interim)
    Rutt Pitman
    Kevin Lepage left after Kansas, Hamilton Jr will run the car for all the remaining races in 2001 except for Martinsville, Bickle will drive the car there. Crew Chief David Ifft parted ways with the team after Michigan. Lepage signed to a 3 year deal after running well. Gordon was released after 5 races. Bobby Hamilton left after the 2000 season and went to the #55 APR Chevy
    5 Terry Labonte Chevy Kelloggs(Frosted Flakes)

    Quaker State, GMAC, Haas
    Rick Hendrick Gary DeHart Hendrick
    Labonte good thru 2002. Kelloggs re-ups to 2003, will change the paint scheme to a Frosted Flakes tiger scheme
    6 Mark Martin Ford Viagra/Pfizer Jack Roush Jimmy Fennig Roush
    Viagra moves from the #27 car. Valvoline will not return as a sponsor at all but go to the #10 car. Martin is signed with Roush thru 2005. Martin retires from the BGN
    7 Kevin Lepage
    Scott Riggs?
    Ford Nations Rent

    Ultra Wheels, Beckley's Camping, Omniquip, Bostram, New Holland
    Jimmy Smith Buddy Barnes
    Scott Lepage
    Robert Yates
    Lepage to run the #7 on a race-to-race basis. Mike Wallace leaves after Kansas to run the #12 Ford. Jim Long leaves as crew chief after Richmond, Buddy Barnes and Scott Lepage will share the duties for now. After Gordon goes to the #31 thru Watkins Glen, Wallace is told he will be in the car for the rest of 2001. Robby Gordon almost won at Sears Point in the car and is rumored as the full time driver after Daytona, which Wallace will drive. Ted Musgrave ran the car at Pocono(June). Tim Brewer was the crew chief at the beginning of the season but left after Texas, Jim Long takes over. Crew Chief Bobby Kennedy left to go to Michael Waltrip's BGN team. Mike Wallace officially named the driver. Michael Waltrip leaves to go to a 3rd DEI team. Team will switch to Ford AFTER the 2000 season, from Chevy's. Was considering Dodge but decided on Ford. Smith's CTS team will switch to Dodge from Ford. Nations Rent signed thru 2001. Jim Smith bought into the team mid-May 2000, then in July has bought former owner Jim Mattei out and now owns the team outright. #2 CTS owner, Jimmy Smith teamed up with Jim Mattei mid-season 2000
    8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr Chevy Budweiser

    Outlaw, Remington, Snap On, Oreo
    Dale Earnhardt Inc/DEI Tony Eury DEI
    New paint scheme, a bit more red and fancier 'Bud' lettering
    9 Bill Elliott Dodge Dodge Dealers

    UAW, Stihl, Valvoline
    Ray Evernham
    Bill Elliott
    Mike Ford Evernham Motorsports
    Evernham buys Elliott's #94 team and it'll be #9. This team will run in 2001, Elliott will drive and be part owner. Melling Racing gives up the #9 for Elliott to use as he did early in his career. The team retains Bill Elliott's owners points which will be helpful in the first four races of 2001
    10 Johnny Benson Pontiac Valvoline

    Aaron Rents
    MBV Motorsports
    Valvoline
    James Ince Hendrick
    Benson signs thru 2002. Looks like Valvoline will be the the sponsor. MB2 bought the team from Tim Beverley. Ince is signed thru 2001, he has also been rumored to Wells, a few times
    11 Brett Bodine Ford Ralphs Supermarkets
    RedCell Batteries

    Brett Bodine Mike Hillman Yates
    RedCell comes aboard as a co-sponsor. Gets Yates Motors in 2001. Ralphs Supermarkets signs on thru 2001. Bodine is looking for another Ford team to 'partner' up with and share info. Bodine is always looking for asscoiate sponsors to help out. Not sure if Elliott continues to supply engines as they will work on Dodges in 2001, unless Bodine switches to Dodge, but I have not heard that
    12 Mike Wallace Ford Mobil 1

    Snap-On, Mazak, Mobil Speedpass,Sony Vega
    Penske Racing LLC Peter Sospenzo Penske Jasper
    Mike Wallace to run the car for the rest of 2001. Team could cease to exist in 2002 with Mobil 1 going to a major assoc on the #02 and Ryan Newman. Jeremy Mayfield released from team after Kansas. Michael Kranefuss sold his stake in the team in mid 2000. Mobil 1 and Sospenzo are also signed through 2002
    13* Hermie Sadler Chevy Virginia Lottery Hermie Sadler Jim Long ?
    Jim Long will help out as a consultant/crew chief. Attempted both Richmond races(missed), Indy(missed), Bristol(missed), Martinsville(missed) but made the Sept Dover race and plans to attempt the fall Martinsville and Homestead races
    14 Ron Hornaday
    ROTY
    Pontiac Conseco AJ Foyt Donnie Brown David Evans
    Donnie Brown is the new crew chief starting at The Winston at Lowes. Philippe Lopez left after Texas, Graves takes over as interim. Hornaday comes aboard, Lopez will stay. Conseco who has a three year deal with Foyt is having financial problems, no word on how this may effect future sponsorhip
    15 Micheal Waltrip Chevy NAPA

    Coca Cola, Klaussner, Ritz
    Dale Earnhardt Inc Richard "Slugger" Labbe DEI
    Richard "Slugger" Labbe takes over as crew chief as of the Sept Richmond race. Ran a special scheme at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona. Crew Chief Scott Eggleston left after Dover, Steve Hmiel fills in for the time being. It's #15 and Scott Eggleston will be the crew chief, comes over from the #40 car. A new third team from DEI with Micheal Waltrip coming aboard from the #7. This team moves up from the BGN. Hornaday who was in the DEI BGN NAPA Chevy will go to the #14 Cup car
    16* ? Ford ? Robert Fenley
    Randy Fenley
    ? ?
    hearing the team will be the #16 and run a limited Cup schedule and in the ARCA series. Was the #15 which went to DEI and Michael Waltrip. Team is moving from SC to NC, unsure of 2001 plans, needs a sponsor. Bud Moore was the owner for years but got out of the sport early in 2000
    16 disbanded Ford x Roush Racing x x
    Will close up shop, Lepage back to the BGN. The Hank Aaron/Denny's deal must have fallen through. Denny's had been reported as the 2001 sponsor. FamilyClick.com was signed up thru 2001 but left at the end of 2000
    17 Matt Kenseth Ford DeWalt Tools

    AT&T, Emglo
    Mark Martin
    Jack Roush
    Robby Reiser Roush
    Emazing.com left as an associate sponsor, team looking for others. Will run ROTY scheme at Daytona(Feb), Rockingham(Feb) and Las Vegas
    18 Bobby Labonte Pontiac Interstate Batteries

    Food Lion, EasyCare, Wix, MBNA, Wards, Coca Cola, Ditch Witch, Gumout, Cintas, Circuit City, International Home Foods,Cheeze-It
    Joe Gibbs Jimmy Makar Gibbs Racing
    Makar has no plans to move up from his crew chief position at this time. Interstate Batteries is signed thru 2003(option 2004). Labonte is signed thru 2004. No Dodge, re-upped with Pontiac
    19 Casey Atwood
    ROTY
    Dodge Dodge Dealers

    UAW, Mountain Dew, Stihl, Valvoline
    Ray Evernham Sammy Johns Evernham Motorsports
    Patrick Donahue out as crew chief, Sammy Johns in starting at the Brickyard 400. Mountain Dew will be an assoc and run a scheme in one Cup race in 2001. Team to run in 2001, Elliott is set in the first car, #9, Casey Atwood will be in this one
    20 Tony Stewart Pontiac Home Depot

    Ridgid, Husky, Coke-Cola, MBNA, Gumout, Daewood, International Home Foods, Old Spice, Cheeze-It
    Joe Gibbs Greg Zipadelli Joe Gibbs Racing
    Home Depot re-ups thru 2004. Stewart signed thru 2004. No Dodge as Gibbs re-upped with Pontiac
    21 Elliott Sadler Ford Motorcraft

    U.S. Air Force
    Wood Brothers Pat Tryson Roush
    Beam to leave, Tryson comes from the #16. Motorcraft and the US AIr Forcr come aboard for 2001. CITGO goes to #99
    22 Ward Burton Dodge Caterpillar

    Polaris ATV, Amoco, Pro-Cert, Hobas Pipe, Mountain Dew, Tempstar
    Bill Davis Tommy Baldwin, Jr Bill Davis Racing
    Caterpillar, Baldwin and Burton signed thru 2002. Switches to Dodge in 2001
    23 Hut Stricklin Dodge Hills Brothers Coffee Bill Davis ? Bill Davis Racing
    Will run this # in 2002 in what was the #93 team. Will run one race in 2002 at Atlanta
    24 Jeff Gordon Chevy DuPont Finishes

    Pepsi, Quaker State, SDRC,AC Delco, Rain-X, Slick 50, Haas, GMAC, Delphi Automotive Systems
    Rick Hendrick
    Jeff Gordon
    Robbie Loomis Hendrick
    New DuPont paint scheme in 2001. Pepsi will be the primary sponsor at the two Pepsi sponsored races (Daytona and Michigan 2nd races). All the rumors are gone here. Gordon signed a longterm deal with Hendrick, DuPont signed up thru 2005, Loomis is on a 2-3 year deal
    25 Jerry Nadeau Chevy Delphi Automotive/UAW-GM

    Quaker State, GMAC
    Joseph Hendrick Tony Furr Hendrick
    Delphi Automotive/UAW-GM will be the 2001 sponsor. Michael Holigan leaves at end of 2000
    26 Jimmy Spencer Ford Kmart Travis Carter Donnie Wingo Yates
    Spencer will stay, Kmart signed thru 2002 but is looking for someone to buy the sponsorship or partner up
    27 Operations
    Suspended
    Pontiac Sauer/Dukes Mayonaise Eel River Racing
    Jack Birmingham
    Barry Dodson
    Barry Dodson Pro Motors(PME)
    Team has uspended operations as of Oct 2, 2001. Rick Mast released as driver. Mast takes over at Pocono for the year. Mike Bliss attempted three races (Daytona, Chicago and NHIS) and missed all three, left after NHIS. Will use DEI engine at Daytona. Kenny Wallace leaves after missing Sears Point. Rumor has Mike Bliss back in the car at Daytona and for the rest of the year and also Robby Gordon has been mentioned as a possible driver after Daytona. After the Coca Cola 600, the team switched to PME-Pro Motors. Sauer/Duke's Mayonaise comes aboard for 15 races, starting at the Coca Cola 600. Kenny Wallace is the new driver for 2001, signing a 3 year deal. The team came close to shutting down before Sauer came aboard. Mike Bliss replaced by Wallace. Viagra/Pfizer left for the #6 car and Mark Martin. Pontiac will stay as the Manufacturer. Dodson signed thru 2005
    28 Ricky Rudd Ford Texaco

    Raybesto's, Mac Tools, Autolite, Fleetwood RV, Coca-Cola, UPS
    Robert Yates Mike McSwain Robert Yates
    No word on any changes, Rudd is signed thru 2001, Texaco is signed thru 2004
    29(was 3) Kevin Harvick
    ROTY
    Chevy GM Goodwrench

    Hershey Foods,Realtree, AC Delco, Snap-On, Bass Pro Shops, Coca-Cola, Tracker Boats, Perdue
    Richard Childress Kevin Hamlin Childress
    Dale Earnhardt was killed in the 2001 Daytona 500. Harvick takes over at Rockingham, car is changed from 3 to 29 and paint scheme is reversed
    30* Jeff Green Chevy AOL Richard Childress Todd Berrier Childress
    BGN Champ Jeff Green will run the car in 5-7 events. Planned races are: California Speedway(April 29), Dover (June 3), Chicago (July 15), Indianapolis (Aug. 5), Bristol (Aug. 25), Richmond (Sept. 8) and Lowe's (Oct. 7). Kevin Harvick moves to the #29(was #3) after Earnhardt's death. Harvick was to debut at Atlanta in March. No word on a crew chief yet.
    31 Robby Gordon
    Jeff Green
    Chevy Lowes Richard Childress Gil Martin Childress
    Gil Martin takes over at Rockingham for Royce McGee as crew chief. Jeff Green will drive for Gordon at Homestead, Gordon has a commitment in a off road race in Baja. Mike Skinner leaves after the Sept Dover race to have surgery and heal for his new team (#4 Kodak Chevy) and the 2002 season. Gordon takes over at Kansas and may be the driver for 2002. Lowes leaves at the end of 2001 (to the #48) and Cingular moves over from the #01 Dodge. Looks like Lowes will stay on the car now. Hear Top Choice Lumber will be on the car in the first half, unknown in the 2nd half. Lowes made a surprise move and is leaving the team with 2 years left on their contract. Royce McGee will be the new crew chief in 2001. Larry McReynolds will leave but to go to TV not start his own team. Still hearing rumors McReynolds could leave to start his own team, possibly with Ernie Irvan, but that has quieted down and expect to see McReynolds stay with RCR. Skinner seems safe to stay and have heard nothing of Lowes leaving
    32 Ricky Craven Ford Tide

    Downy, Kenmore, Mattel, McDonalds
    Cal Wells
    PPI Motorsports
    Mike Beam Yates
    Pruett out, Craven In. Mike Beam will be the crew chief, former crew chief Scott Houston returns to the enginerring dept with PPI
    33 Joe Nemechek Chevy Oakwood Homes

    Sikkens, Johns Manville, Schult, Adams Intl
    Andy Petree Chris Carrier Petree Racing
    Hamilton Jr ran Lowes, Dover and Michigan for Nemechek. Oakwood Homes leaves at the end of 2001. Chris Carrier takes over as crew chief, with Richard Buck coming over from PPI Motorsports to be Team Manager. Danny Gill left as crew chief. Nemechek signs thru 2001. Oakwood Homes is having financial trouble but have heard nothing about them leaving. Petree hires Gill as crew chief so he can concentrate on being an owner
    34* Butch Leitzinger Chevy ?New York State Tourism Cicci-Welliver Racing ? ?
    Leitzinger to run at Watkins Glen
    36 Kenny Schrader Pontiac M&M's

    Valvoline, Pedigree, Call-N-Carry, Mighty Auto Parts
    Aaron Rents
    Nelson Bowers
    Read Morton
    Tom Beard
    Newt Moore Hendrick
    Sammy Johns released as the crew chief, Newt Moore comes aboard after Las Vegas(3-4-2001). A two car team with Tyler Jet Motorsports #10 and Benson
    37 Derrike Cope Pontiac ?

    Dee Zee
    Quest Motor Racing
    Warren Johnson
    Derrike Cope
    Joey Knuckles Johnson
    Attempted the Coca Cola 600 but didn't make the race. Dee Zee was the sponsor for the Winston Open. K&N Filters sponsored the team for the Daytona 500 which they didn't make. Brand new team for 2001. Looking for a sponsor
    40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Coor's Light

    Target, Snap-On
    Chip Ganassi
    Felix Sabates
    Lee McCall Ernie Elliott
    Lee McCall to be the crew chief. Marlin signs thru 2003. Coors signs up thru 2003 as the sponsor. Ganassi buys a majority stake in the team and will switch to Dodge.
    ?41 ? ?Chevy ?
    Manheim Auctions
    ?Larry Hedrick ? ?
    Hedrick still owns the team and is looking for a sponsor so they can run the 2001 season. Team plans are unknown at this point as they took the 2nd half of the season off after another Big Daddy's sponsor fiasco
    43 John Andretti Dodge Cheerios

    Pop Secret, Betty Crocker, Hot Wheels, Ferguson, Sprint, OMP, Red Lobster, Southern Pride Trucking, Red Wing Shoes
    Petty Enterprises Greg Steadman Petty Enterprises
    Richard Buck comes in a the Technical Director of PE. Switches to Dodge in 2001. Andretti is signed thru 2002. Cheerios is now the full primary sponsor, no more STP
    44 Buckshot Jones Dodge Georgia Pacific

    Hot Wheels, Crown Fiber, Unisource
    Petty Enterprises Bryant Frazier Petty Enterprises
    Richard Buck comes in a the Technical Director of PE. Bryant Frazier replaces Mark Tutor as the new crew chief after the spring 2001 Darlington race. Jones will drive the car in 2001. Kyle moves over to the #45. Hot Wheels falls back to an assoc on each PE car. Switches to Dodge in 2001.
    45 Kyle Petty Dodge Sprint PCS

    Hot Wheels, Red Wing Shoes
    Petty Enterprises Steven Lane Petty Enterprises
    Steven Lane takes over as crew chief as of Phoenix, former crew chief Chris Hussey will move into and overall operational role. Also Richard Buck comes in a the Technical Director of PE. Kyle Petty will run this car in 2001, giving up the #44 ride. His son Adam, who passed away on an accident at NHIS was to drive this car
    46* Frank Kimmel Ford Advance Auto Parts
    National Pork Board
    Larry Clement Bill Kimmel Roush
    Two time ARCA champ supposed to run at Charlotte(attempted but failed to make race), Martinsville and Atlanta
    46* Kirk Shelmerdine Ford ?Kmart Travis Carter/Carl Haas ? Yates
    Supposed to test at Daytona, no word on if Shelmerdine or the team will run a race in the 2001 or the future
    47* Lance Hooper Ford ? Dark Horse Motorsports Richard Jackson ?
    Attempted to run the June Dover race but qualifying was rained out and missed
    48* Jimmie Johnson Chevy ? Rick Hendrick ? Hendrick
    a 4th HMS team, will run 4-6 Cup rcaes in 2001 and move up to full time in 2002. Will be housed with the Jeff Gordon team. Johnson moves over from the #92 BGN team, will run a full BGN season there in 2001
    *49 Andy Hillenburg Pontiac ?Quail Unlimited BAM Racing
    Beth Ann Morganthau
    Tom Mohrhauser
    ? ?
    Plans to run a limited 7 Cup races, starting at Talladega in April, no word on any other details
    *49 Eric Smith ? ? Eileen Campbell Jim Michael ?
    Plans to run a limited Cup schedule and full ARCA schedule
    50 Rich Bickle Chevy Midwest Transit Inc,WorldBestBuy.com Hal Hicks Greg Connors Pro-Motor Engineering
    Bickle in for Indy, after that ? Rick Mast leaves to drive the #27 starting at Pocono in July. Skipping races here and there. Rick Mast will drive the car in 2001. Craven leaves to go to the #32. The team plans to run at least a partial 2001 season
    51 Jeff Purvis Ford ? James Finch ?Marc Reno ?
    bought up some of Bill Elliott's Fords and may run a few Cup races in 2001 with Jeff Purvis
    54* Jeff Fultz Ford ? Gene DeHart
    Mike Clark
    ? ?
    Plans are to run at the Coca Cola 600 and the Kentucky BGN race
    55 Bobby Hamilton Chevy Square-D

    Bari Italian Foods
    Andy Petree Jimmy Elledge Petree
    Square-D re-ups thru 2003. Bobby Hamilton will drive the car in 2001. Kenny Wallace goes to the #27, sponsor stays for 2001
    57* Derrike Cope
    David Keith
    Ford CLR Ted Campbell Joey Cudmore Yates
    Attempted the Brickyard 400 and Michigan in Aug with Keith but missed the races, was to have Wallace in the car for Kansas, Lowes and Homestead but Wallace is subbing for #1-Steve Park. Derrike Cope is supposed to run the car at Kansas and Charlotte, no word on Homestead
    60 CLOSED UP ?Chevy ? Joe Bessey ? ?
    The team is closed up and looking to sell equipment. The Sadler/Rock deal fell thru, no idea what Bessey's plans are. Looks like Hermie Sadler will buy the team from Joe Bessey and have sponsorship from the WWF. Jim Lonh may return as the crew chief. Crew chief Jim Long left at the end of the 2000 season. Geoffrey Bodine was let go after Darlington in 2000. Many drivers ran or attempted to get the car in races. Hermie Sadler and Rich Bickle are possiblities if a sponsor can be found. Power Team left as the sponsor at the end of the 2000 season
    61* Randy Tolsma Chevy ? Rensi Motorsports Craig Huartson
    plans to run up to five Cup races
    62* Brendan Gaughan Chevy ?NAPA Auto Parts
    The Orleans Casino
    Bill McAnally ? Childress
    Will attempt at least Las Vegas in March
    65 Dan Pardus Chevy ? Jim & Judie Motorsports
    Pardus Racing
    D&M Motorsports
    Dave Leiner ?Wagner Motorsports
    Will run in ARCA and the BGN, not sure about Winston Cup
    66 Todd Bodine Ford Kmart/Rt 66 Jeans

    Purina
    Travis Carter/Carl Haas Larry Carter Yates
    Purina comes on as an associate, starting at Bristol, on the rear 1/4 panels. Todd Bodine will drive the car in 2001. Darrell Waltrip retires to the TV booth and Fox. Kmart is signed thru 2002 but is looking for someone to buy the sponsorship or partner up
    68* Anthony Lazarro Chevy ? Tom Coleman Walter Giles ?
    Lazarro to attmept the two road course Cup runs at Sears Point and Watkins Glen in 2001. Future plans also include running a limited NASCAR schedule next year with the hopes of competing full time in 2003 and beyond
    71* Dave Marcis Chevy Realtree Helen Marcis Bob Marcis Childress
    Perfomance Technology
    Supposedly Marcis plans to run a limited schedule in 2001, no idea if he'll skip the races or put someone else in the car, Kerry Earnhardt could end up driving a few races in 2001
    75* Stuart Kirby Ford Combos Bob Schacht ? Pro Motors
    20 year old ARCA driver plans to attempt the Oct races at Lowes Motor Speedway and Atlanta
    75 ? ?Ford ? ?Darwin Oordt
    Galaxy Motorsports
    Debra Ward?
    ? Yates
    New owner? Debra Ward? Bodine to drive? announement May 24th. Looks like all sponsorship deals have fallen through and the team may be idle for a while. Newt Moore left the team in Dec 2000, Long takes over. Beam left after a few weeks, went to the #32. Pizza Hut was the supposedly new sponsor. TBS, the Cartoon Network, Rotozip, RedCell and WCW all will NOT return in 2001. Mike Beam was the new Team Manager, after leaving the #21.
    77 Robert Pressley
    Boris Said
    (road courses)
    Ford Jasper Engines

    Federal Mogul, Dynagear, Champion
    Doug Bawel
    Mark Wallace
    Mark Harrah
    Ryan Pemberton Penske Jasper
    Said will run at Sears Point and Watkins Glen(road courses) with Pressley's blessing. Pressley re-ups thru 2001. Penske and Jasper engines to work together. Jasper Engines was rumored to scale back to an associate sponsor but that has been refuted
    78 Brian Conz Chevy Field & Stream Watches Sal Ramnarine ? T&L Motors
    Has not attempted any races, no word on any future plans. Plans on running six Cup events, Daytona, 7/7, Chicagoland 7/15. Brickyard 400 8/5, Michigan 8/19, Talladega 10/21 and Homestead-Miami 11/11
    80* ? Ford ? Stan Hover Stan Hover ?
    looks like all sponsorship fell thru
    ?81* ? ?Ford ? ?Jerry Davis
    ?Anthony Weight
    ? ?
    released driver Mark Green and some staff, no word on future plans
    ?84* Norm Benning Chevy SoBe Beverages Norm Benning Linda Nichalos ?
    no word on future plans
    84* Shawna Robinson Ford Aaron's Rent's
    Tropicana
    Michael Kranefuss Jay Born Yates
    Joe Dan Bailey leaves as crew chief, Jay Born takes over starting at Indy. Tropicana will be on the car at Chicagoland and Indy. Aaron's Rent's will be on the car for California, Michigan, Indianapolis and Atlanta to sponsored by Aaron's. The team plans to test and run six Cup events. Scheduled to run at: California, Michigan(Aug), Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas and Homestead, hearing the car# will be 84, not sure how that effects Norm Benning
    85* Carl Long Ford
    Dodge
    Labor Solutions Thee Dixon
    Tinsley Hughes
    Keith Montgomery ?
    Labor Solutions is the sponsor at CHarlotte. Longs and the team plan to attempt the Daytona 500 and are getting a car ready for Ford testing in Jan at Daytona
    87* Ron Fellows Chevy Bully Hill Vineyards
    (Watkins Glen)

    Nortel Networks
    (Sears Point)
    Joe Nemechek Brian Pattie Wegner
    Fellows will at Sears Point and Watkins Glen
    88 Dale Jarrett Ford UPS

    Ford Credit, Coca-Cola, Fleetwood
    Robert Yates Todd Parrott Robert Yates
    UPS is the new sponsor, white, brown and yellow car. Parrett signed up for life with Yates
    90 Hut Stricklin
    Brian Simo
    (road courses)
    Ford Hills Bros

    Suburban Lodges
    Junie Donlavey Bobby King Yates
    Switches to Robert Yates Racing Motors from Texas on, was using Tri-Star motors. Hut Stricklin is the 2001 driver, new crew chief and paint scheme also. Hill Bros is signed thru 2001. Used Penske engines in 2000
    91 ? Chevy ? Joe Falk/LJ Racing ? T&L Motors
    running ARCA with Blaise Alexander, no idea if any plans are to do Cup races
    92 Stacy Compton Dodge Kodiak/Cougar
    Melling
    Duckhead Footwear
    S-line products
    Autoliv ASP, PSI, SPX Service Solutions, Dodge, Worldcom
    Mark Melling Chad Knaus Ernie Elliott
    Team will switch to Dodge. Gave up longtime #9 to Elliott/Evernham/Dodge in 2001 and will run #92 in 2001. Compton will be back with Melling. Kodiak/Cougar will return in 2001 as the sponsor
    93 Dave Blaney Dodge Amoco

    Siemens, Mac Tools, DuPont
    Bill/Gail Davis Philippe Lopez Bill Davis Racing
    Will switch to #23 in 2002. Crew chief Doug Randolph left after Phoenix, Lopez takes over. Amoco will leave as sponsor at the end of the 2001 season. Will run BP colors in 4 races. Switches to Dodge and has a new crew chief for 2001
    95* Ed Berrier
    Steadman Marlin
    Ford ? Sadler Bros Ronnie Smith Rahmoc
    plans to run some BGN and ARCA races and attempted the Brickyard 400 with Berrier but missed the show
    96* ?Andy Houston
    ROTY
    Ford ?McDonalds Cal Wells Scott Miller
    (interim)
    Yates
    PPI Motorsports will enter the McDonald's Ford in seven remaining races in 2001 with the primary sponsorship ending after the Sept. 30 race at Kansas. The seven races are: Indy (Aug. 5),Mich. (Aug. 19), Bristol (Aug. 25), Darlington (Sept. 2), Richmond (Sept. 8), Dover (Sept. 23) and Kansas (Sept. 30). McDonald's will be an assoc sponsor on the #32 in 2002. Team skipped NHIS and Pocono and returns at Indy. Good chance McDonalds leaves and the team will only run five races after Chicago. Team may be gone in 2002. Scott Miller is the interim crew chief as of Sears Point. Joe Garone will leave in July, no sucessor named as crew cheif. Houston is the driver. This was the #97 BGN team that will move up to Cup in 2001. Anthony Lazarro was supposed to move up, but he has been released of most of his driving duties with the BGN team and it is unsure what his 2001 plans are
    97 Kurt Busch
    ROTY
    Ford Sharpie Markers/Rubbermaid Georgetta Roush
    Roush Racing
    Ben Leslie Roush
    Ben Leslie replaces Matt Chambers as crew chief as of the Texas race. Sharpie Pens/Rubbermaid is the sponsor starting at Martinsville. Busch will be the driver, Chambers the crew chief and John Deere left at the end of the 2000 season, so the team is looking for a new primary sponsor. Crew chief Jeff Hammond goes to the TV Booth with Fox. Chad Little leaves after NHIS in Sept, but will run Taladega in Oct
    98* Kenny Wallace Chevy ??

    Lumar, Gould's Pumps
    George deBidart Gere Kennon ?
    The same team as he run for in BGN, will attempt NHIS in Sept, team may move up in 2002 to Cup
    ?98* ? Ford ? MacPherson Motorsports ? ?
    Team closed up, no word on ANY plans. Jeff Fuller released, team planning to run a few Cup races in 2001 depending on a sponsor. Hearing the deal with Chip MacPherson fell thru and Cale Yarborough is back control of the shop. No word on plans to race. Fuller's 2001 ride, team looking for a crew chief and a sponsor. New owner, Cale Yarbouogh sold the team to Chip MacPherson
    99 Jeff Burton Ford CITGO

    Exide Batteries, SKF, Hardee's, True Value, Parts Plus, Nanticoke Homes, Borg Warner, OnSite
    Robert Corn/
    Roush Racing
    Frank Stoddard Roush
    CITGO started as the sponsor in Charlotte, Oct 2000. Burton signed thru 2005, Exide was good thru 2001 but will depart at the end of the 2000 season
    teams that were rumored but have not heard a thing in quite a while
    ? ? ?Ford ? Ernie Irvan ? ?
    Irvan leased his shop, staff and equipment to Robby Gordon and the #13 team but has taken control of the shop for a possible BGN or CTS team in 2001
    ?34? ? Pontiac?
    Chevy?
    ? Joyner-Kersee-Roehrig Motorsports
    Jackie Joyner-Kersee
    Bob Kersee
    Kurt Roehrig
    ? ?
    Hear the team will be back in 2001 either part time or full time if a sponsor is found, or run the BGN series. Team is gearing up for the 2001 season but many questions remain unanswered, Driver ?, Sponsor?, maunfacuturer? car #? Won't be #19 as Evernham has that
    ? ?Geoffrey Bodine ?Ford ? ?Brett Bodine ?
    Possible if sponsorship can be found
    ? ? ? ? ?Tom Kelley ? ?
    IRL team owner (Dismore and Sharp) may start a Cup or BGN team in 2001, but that was reported in early 2000 and have not heard a thing since
    ? ? ? ? ?Hank Aaron ? ?
    Looks like the deal with the #16 fell thru. Aaron may end up with the #16 Roush Racing team. There was talk in March about baseball great Hank Aaron buying or starting a new team but have heard nothing since
    ? ? ? ? ?Harry Carson
    Robert Wilson
    ? ?
    possible new team in 2001. Carson is a former NFL football player
    ? ? ? ? ?Doc Watson
    Denis Green
    Watson Green Motorsports
    ? ?
    possible new team in 2001. Green is the Minnesota Vikings head coach, may just run ARCA for a while, nothing on this in a while
    ? ? ? ? ?Michael Holigan ? ?
    is looking to buy into a Cup team, almost bought the #10 team before MB 2 Motorsports did, may run a BGN team to get started
    ? ? ? ? ?Willie Lanier
    Jim Brown
    Celebrity Motorsports
    ? ?
    possible new team in 2001, haven't heard much on it recently
    for info and past stories on rumored teams, see the New Teams page




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